How Do Doctors Treat ARFID?

Treatment for ARFID focuses on boosting nutrition and managing feelings around food. ARFID affects both physical and mental health. The care team will help create a treatment plan for your child’s unique medical, nutritional and mental health needs.

Common ARFID treatments can include:

  • Prescription nutritional supplements
  • Creating a personalized meal plan with a dietitian
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy to help manage feelings around food and eating
  • Speech therapy to improve oral-motor skills necessary for eating
  • Prescription medications to increase your child’s appetite or ease anxiety
  • In some cases, a hospital stay to help with weight gain or more serious medical needs
  • Meeting with a psychiatrist or psychologist to treat other mental health conditions that might relate to your child’s ARFID diagnosis

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