Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID): How to help your child at home

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Find out what you can do to help your child or teen recover from avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder.

​Key points

  • A child's refusal to eat can lead to a high level of conflict around family mealtimes.
  • See a doctor if you suspect your child has a problem with eating.
  • Other ways to help your child include being a positive role model, making family mealtimes a routine and being persistent in having your child try more foods.
Last updated: September 12th 2023