As a result, children may be at risk for:
Treatment varies greatly depending on the cause and symptoms of the swallowing problem.
Based on the results of the feeding and swallowing evaluation, the OT or SLP may recommend any of the following:
If feeding therapy with an OT or SLP is recommended, the focus on intervention may include the following:
Adapted from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Website.
Feeding disorders include problems gathering food and getting ready to suck, chew, or swallow it. A child who cannot chew their food sufficiently, swallow easily, or who coughs, chokes or gags when eating or drinking may have a swallowing disorder. A picky feeder may not eat foods of certain textures, temperatures or colors or foods of different brands/shapes. In its most severe form, a child may have to eat through a G-Tube or have failure to thrive.
Children with feeding and swallowing problems have a wide variety of symptoms. Not all signs and symptoms are present in every child.