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FEEDING/SWALLOWING THERAPY AT LASKIN THERAPY GROUP
What is dysphagia?  |  How is dysphagia diagnosed?
General Feeding Progression (pdf) |  Warning Signs and Risks


What are the warning signs?

What are some signs or symptoms of feeding and swallowing disorders in children?

Children with feeding and swallowing problems have a wide variety of symptoms. Not all signs and symptoms are present in every child.

The following are signs and symptoms of feeding and swallowing problems in very young children:
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 pureed foods or crunchy cereals)
long feeding times (e.g., more 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
difficulty coordinating breathing with eating and drinking
increased stuffiness during meals
gurgly, hoarse, or breathy voice quality
frequent spitting up or vomiting
recurring pneumonia or respiratory infections
less than normal weight gain or growth
As a result, children may be at risk for:
dehydration or poor nutrition
aspiration (food or liquid entering the airway) or penetration
pneumonia or repeated upper respiratory infections that can lead to chronic lung disease
embarrassment or isolation in social situations involving eating


Reference for Warning Signs, Risks, Diagnosis and Treatment -
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/FeedSwallowChildren.htm


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