Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing Disorders

A swallowing disorder is any trouble using the mouth, lips, tongue or throat to control the flow of food or drink during feeding. Pediatric swallowing difficulty can indicate a congenital deformity or behavioral challenge.

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It’s important to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly so your child can eat and drink age-appropriate nutrition. Children with a swallowing disorder are at risk for dehydration, poor nutrition, aspiration, pneumonia and embarrassment.

Symptoms of a Swallowing Disorder

  • Choking on food or liquid
  • Runny nose or watery eyes with meals
  • Food refusal
  • Low grade fever following meals
  • Difficulty chewing

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Children born premature are at particularly high risk for a swallowing difficulty.

Contact Pediatric ENT of Oklahoma if you suspect your child might suffer from a feeding or swallowing disorder.