What a wonderful approach for a truly frightening illness. Bravo Kartini! Yay families!
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Food Phobia Treatment

Treatment of food phobia is a combination of anxiety alleviation and a careful re-introduction of food. Begging, pleading, threatening, cajoling, or rewarding do not usually alter the course of this illness. 

Most patients who come to us for food phobia treatment have already been seen by some combination of their own doctor, a gastroenterologist, a speech therapist, a psychologist, a throat surgeon or an occupational therapist. Often this leads to surgical interventions or, worse, admission into a child psychiatric ward, both of which are completely unnecessary (and useless) not to mention needlessly traumatizing to a young child.

Food phobia in children responds very effectively to treatment if administered by eating disorder specialists such as those working in Kartini Clinic's food phobia treatment team. It is essential that parents (and their primary care providers) understand that not all eating disorder treatment programs have sufficient experience treating food phobia in children. Symptoms and treatment are very different from pediatric anorexia and require specialized protocols.

For more information about our food phobia treatment program, call us on 503 249 8851 and ask to speak to one of our intake coordinators. You may also submit an online request.