Aspiration: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of aspiration?

  • Coughing or choking while eating
  • Vomiting while choking
  • Disrupted breathing while eating
  • Failure to thrive/difficulty gaining weight
  • Excessive drooling
  • Behavioral feeding problems
  • Chronic cough
  • Hoarseness
  • High-pitched wheezing on breathing in (stridor)
  • Chronic respiratory illness (such as recurrent pneumonia)
  • Air tube injury (bronchiectasis)

While all of the above symptoms are common with aspiration, it is possible for children to aspirate without displaying any symptoms.