Feeding and Swallowing

When a child or infant does not eat or drink sufficiently it can be stressful for a family.  Each situation is unique and can challenging in its own way.  Feeding and Swallowing therapy can help children learn to accept a wide variety of new foods, bring their feeding skills up to a developmentally appropriate level, reduce overall stress and fatigue felt by the child and family unit and much more .

Signs and Symptoms

The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), lists the following as signs and symptoms of a feeding and/or swallowing disorder:

• Arching or stiffening of the body during feeding
• Irritability or lack of alertness during feeding
• Refusing food or liquid
• Failure to accept different textures of food (e.g., only eating pureed foods or crunch cereals)
• Long feeding times longer than 30 minutes
• Difficulty chewing
• Difficulty breast feeding
• Coughing or gagging during meals
• Excessive drooling or food/liquid coming out of the mouth or nose
• Increased stuffiness during meals
• Gurgly, hoarse, or breathy voice quality
• Frequently spitting up or vomiting
• Recurring pneumonia or respiratory infections
• Less than normal weight gain or growth