You can’t change the past or the present, but you can change the future.

Feeding and Swallowing Problems: Test and Diagnosis

What tests are used to diagnose feeding and swallowing problems?

In order to diagnose a feeding or swallowing program, a clinician at Children’s Hospital Colorado will want to see your child eating. A feeding evaluation may be performed by a speech-language pathologist or occupational therapist with specialty training in feeding difficulties. Your child may also be seen by a larger team of feeding experts which includes a developmental pediatrician, dietician, speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist.

If there are concerns regarding your child’s swallowing, a radiologic or instrumental study may be performed with a radiologist, an ear-nose-and-throat specialist (otolaryngologist), speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and a dietician to better assess your child’s swallowing mechanism with a variety of age-appropriate food consistencies.

How do clinicians at Children’s Colorado make a diagnosis?

Feeding and swallowing experts will meet with you and your child to take a thorough history and observe your child eating and drinking to make an assessment of the factors contributing to your child’s feeding difficulty. Further observation utilizing radiographic or instrumental tools may also be included to make a diagnosis regarding swallow dysfunction.