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Feeding problems in infants

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Infant feeding problems are a common reason for parents to present in general practice. Differentiating between variants of normal and true pathology can be difficult. Parental anxiety and health beliefs can also add complexity to the consultation. Some of the more common feeding problems arising in very young children are cow’s milk allergy, lactose intolerance, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and colic.

This resource provides an update for general practice nurses on infant feeding problems. Key learning points include symptoms of cows’ milk allergy, managing gastro-oesophageal reflux, and identifying lactose intolerance.


After completing this activity, you should be better able to:

  • Diagnose and manage cows’ milk allergy, lactose intolerance, GORD and colic in infants
  • Confidently refer those infants who may need allergy testing in secondary care


Dr Jessica Garner, GP, Worcester

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.