Signs a child may have a feeding and/or swallowing disorder:
• Arches her back or stiffens when feeding
• Cries or fusses when feeding
• Falls asleep when feeding
• Has problems drinking from a cup or straw
• Has trouble breathing while eating and drinking
• Refuses to eat or drink
• Eats only certain textures, such as soft food or crunchy food
• Takes a long time to eat
• Coughs or gags during meals
• Drools a lot or has liquid come out her mouth or nose
• Gets stuffy during meals
• Has a gurgly, hoarse, or breathy voice during or after meals
• Spits up or throws up a lot
• Is not gaining weight or growing
• Has problems chewing
• Watering eyes
What to do if you see any of these signs: If you suspect your child may have a feeding disorder or feeding aversions, seek a licensed Speech Language Pathologist or Occupational Therapist who specializes in feeding therapy.
AM Nutrition and Ally Pediatric can help. SLPs are trained in feeding intervention that incorporates the science of Applied Behavior Analysis along with their expertise of oral motor skills and dysphagia.
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