Oral Motor And Feeding Red Flags

Oral Motor And Feeding Red Flags

  • Lack of oral-exploration with non-food items as an infant
  • Difficulties transitioning between different textures of foods
  • Weaknesses sucking, chewing, and swallowing
  • Frequent coughing and/or gagging when eating
  • Reduced or limited intake
  • Food refusal
  • Food selectivity by type and/or texture
  • Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)
  • Oral motor deficits
  • Problems with the ability to take food into the mouth.
  • Interfering with the buildup of negative oral pressure during sucking.
  • Leaking food from the nose during sucking and swallowing.
  • Inefficient handling of food in the mouth.
  • Poor coordination and timing of the suck-swallow-breathe sequence.
  • Exhaustion during and after mealtime.
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort during mealtime (example: vomiting).
  • Sensory modulation and sensory defensiveness throughout feeding.
  • Delayed feeding development
  • Food or swallowing phobias
  • Mealtime tantrums
  • Vomiting during or after meals
  • Refusal to eat certain textures of foods
  • Rigidity with diet
  • Avoidance of touch on face and around mouth
  • Loss of food and liquids when eating
  • Obvious preference for certain textures or flavors of foods
  • Increased congestion during and after meals
  • Grimacing/odd facial expressions when eating
  • Consistent wiping of hands and face during meals
  • Pocketing of food in cheeks, or residue observed after swallow
  • Irritability and anxiety during mealtime
  • Excessive drooling and lack of saliva management
  • Sudden refusal to eat previously tolerated foods
  • Excessive weight gain or loss

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