What are the signs and symptoms of feeding and swallowing problems?
- Chronic poor growth
- Compromised nutritional status or malnourishment
- Food refusal/picky eating
- Decreased variety and volume of oral intake
- Choking, gagging, coughing and vomiting while eating
- Inability to chew/swallow
- Delayed attainment of self-feeding skills
- Behavioral or learned feeding problems
Children who have been using a feeding tube for feeding may have difficulty developing or may even lose their oral skills needed for feeding without a feeding tube. Some children may have trouble transitioning back to oral feeding from the tube.
What are the signs and symptoms of a feeding and swallowing problem?
- Coughing or choking while eating or immediately after eating
- History of chronic lung problems (for example diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia)
- Vocal cord dysfunction
- Food being suctioned out of the child’s tracheotomy
- Difficultly gaining weight thought to be the result of oral motor or pharyngeal dysfunction
- Difficulty initiating a swallow