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How is dysphagia diagnosed?

If you suspect that your child is having difficulty eating, contact your pediatrician right away. Your pediatrician will examine your child and address any medical reasons for the feeding difficulties, including the presence of reflux or metabolic disorders. Your pediatrician may refer you to a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in treating children with feeding and swallowing disorders.
At Laskin Therapy Group, a feeding/swallowing evaluation consists of:
A parent interview including your child's medical history, development, and symptoms
An oral mechanism examination to look at the strength and movement of the muscles involved in swallowing
A feeding examination to see your child' s posture, behavior, and oral movements during eating and drinking
Referral for special tests, if necessary, to evaluate swallowing, such as:
o A modified barium swallow - child eats or drinks food or liquid with barium in it, and then the swallowing process is viewed on an X-ray.
If you choose to bring your child to Laskin Therapy Group for a feeding/swallowing evaluation, you will need to bring the following items with you:
Cup with lid
A bib the child is used to wearing
Small amounts of food the child particularly likes
If feeding therapy with an SLP is recommended, the focus on intervention may include the following:
making the muscles of the mouth stronger
increasing tongue movement
improving chewing
increasing acceptance of different foods and liquids
improving sucking and/or drinking ability
coordinating the suck-swallow-breath pattern (for infants)
altering food textures and liquid thickness to ensure safe swallowing

Reference for Warning Signs, Risks, Diagnosis and Treatment :


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