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When to be a meerkat: Alert, but not alarmed

Reported early feeding problems are suggested to be a red flag for developmental monitoring, particularly if they persist beyond three years of age.

December 8, 2021

Does anyone else think meerkats are adorable? SERIOUSLY. ADORABLE. My favorite and probably most characteristic meerkat behavior is when they stand on their hind legs, alert to danger but frozen still, sniffing the air to find out more about the potential threat.


Reading new work from Putnick et al. this month made me think of these little critters​​—they know when to be alert, but not alarmed. This group examined parent-reported feeding problems (broadly defined as mealtime distress, food refusal, and oral motor issues) in 3597 children at 18, 24, and 30 months of age…

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