Sign and Symptom of feeding and swallowing disorders in children

Sign and Symptom 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:

  • coughing or gagging during meals
  • excessive drooling or food/liquid coming out of the mouth    or nose
  • difficulty coordinating breathing with eating and    drinking
  • frequent spitting up or vomiting
  • 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
  • recurring pneumonia or respiratory infections
  • less than normal weight gain or growth
  • increased stuffiness during meals
  • gurgly, hoarse, or breathy voice quality

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

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