Nursing Diagnosis – Code 00107 Ineffective infant feeding pattern (1992, 2006; LOE 2.1)

Domain 2. Nutrition Class 1. Ingestion

Ineffective infant feeding pattern

Definition Impaired ability of an infant to suck or coordinate the suck/swallow

Defining Characteristics

■ Inability to coordinate sucking, swallowing, and breathing ■ Inability to initiate an effective suck
■ Inability to sustain an effective suck

Related Factors

■ Neurological delay ■ Neurological impairment (e.g., positive EEG, head trauma, seizure disorders) ■ Oral hypersensitivity
■ Oropharyngeal defect ■ Prematurity ■ Prolonged nil per os (NPO) status