Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Month

May is Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Month.

Join the feeding community and help raise awareness, support families, empower professionals and advance the system of care for Pediatric Feeding Disorder.  Pediatric feeding disorder impacts millions of children worldwide each year, yet often families’ concerns are not heard.

For the 4th Annual PFD Awareness Month, we ask the community to help lift up this issue and raise the profile of PFD. No family should feel alone.

In 2021, governors of 9 states proclaimed that May 2021 be observed as PFD Awareness Month. Click here to see the 2021 PFD Awareness Month Report.

Get Involved with Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Month

Want to get involved? Here are a few ways that you can show your support and join the conversation.

  • Buy (and wear!) a PFD shirt. Visit our Feeding Matters official merchandise online shop. Wear our official gear in May to help increase acceptance and knowledge of PFD.

 

  • Share a selfie. Take a selfie wearing our official PFD month gear and post it with the #CallItPFD and #FeedingMatters and #IFightForPFD to your Facebook or Instagram pages.

 

  • Tell your story. Submit your PFD Family story here.

 

  • Learn more. Read about the power of a diagnosis in these PFD Stories.

 

  • Use your social channels. Share a post on your social media accounts. Use our ready-made posts or create your own to post on your social media accounts during the month of May.

 

View the Social Media Toolkit

View our ready-made posts to share on your social media accounts during the month of May.

PFD Awareness Month Proclamations

Click on an approved state on the map above to see their proclamation (or see the list below)

Proclamation Approved

Proclamation Pending

Support children with PFD

We couldn't do what we do without you. Please make a gift today to celebrate PFD Awareness Month and support families facing PFD.

Help us celebrate other related May awareness opportunities

Better Hearing & Speech Month

The American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) founded and designated May as national
Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) in 1927. This time-honored tradition is an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and available treatment options that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking or hearing. Prevalence of speech and language disorders as well as pediatric feeding disorder are all among the most common conditions that young children experience. Unfortunately, the misunderstanding or lack of knowledge in each of these areas often result in a delayed diagnosis of a disorder that is highly treatable—particularly when caught early. All of these issues are often dismissed, confused, untreated or misdiagnosed. It is important to raise awareness about PFD and BHSM together as so many of our feeding therapists are also Speech-Language Pathologists and feeding and speech are interrelated.

Food Allergy Awareness Week

Over 5.6 million children have life-threatening food allergies. Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 8-14) serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of food allergies while also bringing the food allergy community together.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, National Alliance on Mental Illness joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone.”

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week honors the contributions and sacrifices of nurses. It is celebrated between May 6 and May 12.

Other May awareness collaboration opportunities?

Please email programs@feedingmatters.org to share your ideas.

References for PFD Awareness Month and Social Media Toolkit:

  • Goday PS, Huh SY, Silverman A, Lukens CT, Dodrill P, Cohen SS, Delaney AL, Feuling MB, Noel RJ, Gisel E, Kenzer A, Kessler DB, de Camargo OK, Browne J, Phalen JA. Pediatric feeding disorder: consensus definition and conceptual framework. JPGN 2019;68(1):124-129.
  • Kovacic K, Rein, ScM LE, Bhagavatula P, Kommareddy S, Szabo A, Goday PS, Pediatric Feeding Disorder: A Nationwide Prevalence Study, The Journal of Pediatrics (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.07.047
  • Bass, N.H. and Morrell, R.M. The neurology of swallowing. In: M.E. Groher (Ed.), Dysphagia, Diagnosis and Management. Butterworth–Heinemann, Boston, MA, 1992, pp. 1–29.
  • Manikam R, Perman JA. Pediatric feeding disorders. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2000;30(1):34-46. Reau NR, Senturia YD, Lebailly SA, Christoffel KK. Infant and toddler feeding patterns and problems: normative data and a new direction. Pediatric Practice Research Group. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1996;17(3):149-153.