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Aspiration: Treatment

How is aspiration treated?

The Breathing Institute at Children

The treatment for aspiration is determined by what is causing it. Often, it can be treated by adjusting your child's feeding schedule or the foods he or she eats.

Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce GERD. He or she may also recommend that your child see a speech or occupational therapist to learn proper swallowing techniques.

If there is an abnormal connection between your child's airway and esophagus, surgery may be needed. If these treatment options are not successful, other medical or surgical treatment options may be explored.

Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for your child's aspiration?

The Aerodigestive Program at Children's Hospital Colorado is dedicated to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment and services for children with complex airway, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract disorders. It is the only multi-disciplinary program of its kind in the region. The team is dedicated to the comprehensive care of children with complex airway and digestive tract disorders. We treat only children all day, everyday – making us experts when it comes to caring for kids.

Our patients' families are considered an essential element of the healthcare team and are encouraged to participate in planning their child's treatment course. This family-centered care approach allows for greater efficiency in scheduling visits and procedures. In addition, family-centered care provides the opportunity for improved patient and family education, which can help improve the overall patient experience and outcome.

In addition to the services our dedicated Aerodigestive team offers, we partner with other departments in the hospital to ensure your child is receiving the best, well-rounded care. When you bring your child to us for a visit, you can expect the following:

  • A comprehensive same-day visit with the Breathing Institute, ENT and Digestive Institute, as well as the Swallowing Team
  • Excellent patient and family education
  • Condensed evaluations and limited sedation for procedures
  • Coordinated communication with your primary care physicians
  • A focus on quality outcomes for patients with complex health problems