Feeding problems in early childhood are linked to a higher chance for developmental delay, according to a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Diane L. Putnick, Ph.D., and colleagues used data from the mothers of 3,597 children to assess whether feeding problems are an indicator of developmental delay. In adjusted analyses, feeding problems were increasingly associated with six Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) domains from 18 months (ORs, 1.30-1.98 per point increase) to 24 months (ORs, 2.07-2.69) to 30 months (ORs, 3.90-5.64). Children who experienced high feeding problems at one or two time points were more than twice as likely to fail all ASQ domains (ORs, 2.10-2.50) versus children who never experienced feeding problems, while children who experienced high feeding problems at all three-time points were four or more times as likely to fail all ASQ domains (ORs, 3.94-5.05). Children who at 30 months scored one point higher in feeding problems scored three to four points lower on all Battelle Developmental Inventory-2 domains at 4 years. “Frequent feeding problems, especially those that persist into the third year, could be used to identify children at risk for developmental delay for more targeted screening,” Dr. Putnick wrote.