PFD Awareness Month

Pediatric feeding disorder impacts millions of children worldwide each year, yet often families’ concerns are not heard. Feeding Matters works year-round to raise awareness, support families, empower professionals and advance the system of care for PFD.  For 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 December 2020, Gov. Doug Ducey in Arizona, Gov. Tony Evers in Wisconsin, Gov. Henry McMaster in South Carolina, and Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaimed that December 2020 be observed as PFD Awareness Month. Click here to see the PFD Awareness Month Report. To gain greater impact, PFD Awareness Month will be moving to May in 2021.

 

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

2021 Awareness Month will be moving to May

If you are interested in supporting this effort, please email us at programs@feedingmatters.org.

Support children with PFD

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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.