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MULLER, Patrícia Wolff; SALAZAR, Viviane  and  DONELLI, Tagma Marina Schneider. Feeding Difficulties in Infancy:: A Systematic Review. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.2, pp. 635-652. ISSN 1808-4281.

Difficulties in the context of food may include changes in the quality or quantity of food as well as difficulties with specific foods that are introduced during the first year of the child's life, as well as affecting the way mothers and babies engage because the feeding relationship between mother and baby is influenced from the outset by both physiological factors and interactional forces at multiple levels. Considering the importance of child nutrition for the promotion of their health and mother-baby relation, this article aims to conduct a systematic review of the international literature on specialized feeding difficulties in early childhood, of items published in the last five years, Ebsco Host databases (Academic Search and Medline), Pubmed/Medline, Psychinfo, Science Direct, Scopus, VHL and Scielo. 24 articles were selected from the field of Psychology. It was identified that the quantitative method with prospective and longitudinal features was the most used among the studies. In addition, the European continent is responsible for the majority of publications. It was realized a growth of studies on the food issue in childhood from the year 2010 and the participants were, for the most part, mothers and pairs of mothers and babies. Among the goals, said the purpose of researching the relationship between the problems of feeding and the parenting styles and practices, while the results showed that maternal behavior has an influence on feeding, this can be used as a form of control and comfort.

Keywords : feeding difficulties; feeding; childhood; mother-child relationship; the literature review.

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