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Fear, isolation and the importance of support: A qualitative study of parents’ experiences of feeding a child born with esophageal atresia

Feeding and swallowing difficulties in children are increasing due to improved survival rates of children with complex medical conditions. Despite being common complications of esophageal atresia (EA), EA related feeding difficulties have received little attention in research.

Establishing positive feeding interactions and practices are important for child health and development, and for parental and child mental health. The current study aimed to investigate the parental experiences of feeding a child born with EA.

Vuokko Wallace, Kirsi Honkalampi, Maija Korhonen