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Limited diet leading to dietary deficiency

Many children eat a quite limited diet and most of these children grow and develop normally, even with apparently inadequate diets. However, if there is concern about this, we would usually recommend a multivitamin supplement suitable for the child’s age and current diet and we may be able to offer some behavioural work to encourage relevant dietary diversity.

Many of these children have other features of Autism Spectrum Disorder and behavioural work may need to be undertaken by their local community team.

Very occasionally children eat such a limited diet that they become severely deficient in one of the key nutrients they need, most commonly Iron, but also sometimes vitamin D (Rickets) and rarely vitamin C (Scurvy).

Last Updated: 11 November 2020