Is it Just a Picky Eater, Behavioral Food Opposition or ARFID?

1.0 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $10 for NAPNAP Members. For non-members, this continuing education activity rate is $20. This course is a record presentation for NAPNAP's 2024 National Conference. 

Pediatric-focused APRNs come in contact with many pediatric patients who are underweight or noted to be "horrible eaters". This presentation will assist you in obtaining a useful "feeding and eating" history as well as other helpful diagnostic criteria to determine an accurate diagnosis. Participants will receive recommendations on how to assist families on the path of improving their child's nutritional status while decreasing the stress to the entire family that eating disorders or maladaptive eating behaviors can cause.

This archived presentation from our 2024 national conference is available as part of a bundle of courses recorded during our 2024 conference in Denver, CO. Purchase the conference bundle to be enrolled in the full library of 2024 conference sessions, and earn up to 27 NAPNAP Contact Hours, 5.5 Pharmacology,1.25 Psychopharmacology and 2.5 Controlled Substance. 

This continuing education activity is offered at a member-only discounted rate of $199, a cost-savings of more than $60. Non-members may purchase this bundle for $500. Great news - You can join NAPNAP before purchasing to save more than $300. To see the complete listing of courses included in the 2024 conference bundle, click here.

Please note that this program is a recording from a live session from NAPNAP 2024 national conference in Denver, CO. If you earned CE for this session, this course will be a duplicate.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses.

Learning Objectives

• Define the most common behavioral differences in picky eating, eating oppositional behaviors or ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder).
• Identify key history taking findings and physical assessment and diagnostic evaluations (including laboratory tests) that would provide necessary information to determine a diagnosis.
• Recognize normal and abnormal findings of assessment to assist in differentiating normal “picky eating” versus more concerning behavioral outcomes and nutritional disorders that result in poor weight and nutritional status.
• Describe key documentation to support diagnosis, coding and referral, if necessary.
• Identify necessary patient education and resources for best patient management for picky eaters, children using

Course summary
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Christine Nelson-Tuttle DNS, APRN, PNP-BC
Oishei Children’s Hospital Buffalo/Division of Adolescent Medicine
Associate Professor, Niagara University

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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