Finding food hidden in your child’s room? Crumpled up wrappers of eaten food, crumbs under the bed, wrappers hidden under furniture in their (or other) room, packets of half eaten food under the mattress of the bed. Is your child taking and hoarding food, outside of meal times and that is not related to hunger? Yes, or even unsure but you are concerned, Compass Psychology can help.
Childhood food hoarding seems to becoming more common. Many children who are referred for a particular issue later reveal that that have been hoarding, parents are reporting ‘missing food’ and worrying about their children literally ‘hoarding’ food items.
Some children are also becoming extremely creative and inventive in ways to hide food in their rooms and other areas of the house.
No matter the item of choice, children often gather, store, and sometimes eat strange things. Food (and sometimes non-food item) hoarding often leaves caregivers and clinicians bewildered.
However, there is hope and help for this issue. To understand and address why people do what they do requires in-depth consideration and evaluation.
The underlying reasons for food hoarding could be many and varied and a comprehensive assessmentneeds to be undertaken with the child, including their history, their current home and other life environments. Then, an informed treatment plan and process can be designed for your child.
That said, no one can provide one answer as to why all children hoard. However, my practise with children come from an informed and researched position.
So, together we will explore the reasons the child feels the need to hoard and work alongside them to move forward and make positive changes.
For help in this area, please feel free to make further contact with Compass Psychology Services. Bookings can be made here.