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    Medical Service Name: Feeding Therapy

    Is it difficult for you to feed your child? Is your child the type who throws tantrums while eating? Do you have trouble feeding your infant because he or she chokes on the food? If any of your answers are yes to the questions mentioned above, you might need “feeding therapy.”

    This therapy is more than just teaching the child how to eat. Therapists work along with the parents of the kid to understand the difficulties better. The goal is to make the procedure of eating easier by giving specific feeding therapies. 

    In a layman’s language, feeding therapy helps a child to learn how to eat or eat in a better way. This is taught by trained professionals or speech therapists.

    Causes of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

    There can be many possible causes for feeding disorder. Below are few most common causes:

    • Any kind of nervous system disorders
    • Muscle weakness in face and neck
    • Stomach problems
    • Heart related issues
    • Cleft lip or palate
    • Breathing problems and related diseases

    Risk Factors

    It may cause insufficient airway protection while swallowing. This may cause food or liquid to go inside the lungs. That can further cause respiratory infections and pneumonia. It is advisable to consult a medical professional as dehydration and malnutrition can occur if the problem is not treated in the right way.

    Signs & Symptoms

    Mealtimes can be fun for the majority of children, but for some, it can be pretty challenging. Mentioned below are some of the symptoms which can severely affect your child’s eating ability:

    • If your child finds it difficult to chew and swallow the food. 
    • If your child refuses to swallow certain kind of foods consistently.
    • Some children may also have sensitivity to certain food textures.
    • Frequent coughing while having food is a serious concern.
    • Vomiting frequently during or just after the consumption of meals. 
    • If your child takes more than 30 minutes to finish the meal, then it can be a sign of a disability.
    • If your child is showing negative eating behavior like pushing food away, closes their mouth, starts crying, arches, then this can also be a sign of severity. 

    What is taught in this therapy? 

    1) Oral skills – Some children find it difficult to eat or drink food because of developmental delays. Our therapists teach chewing, food movement, sipping and sucking in oral skills. 

    2) Improve eating experience – Some children find eating challenging due to specific allergies or impairments; if your child struggles to eat, they are more likely to develop negative attitudes toward food. Therapists try different ways with the help of the parents to improve the eating experience. 

    Treatment Options at 7DMC

    Before making any decisions, the parents should speak with our pediatricians. They will diagnose and, if necessary, refer you to a feeding therapist. We provide you with the best recommendations based on your child’s condition. If your child has any speech problems, you can bring them to our medical center. To address your point, we have internationally acclaimed and trained specialists. Our experts will provide you with the best services and treatment available. We also assist patients in developing their self-esteem. The experienced specialists also include the parents while giving this feeding treatment so that the patient does not feel afraid. The team is skilled in gently handling children.

    FAQs

    Frequently asked questions

    The duration of treatment depends on the severity of the problem. If the child can follow a tongue or lip tie release, then in 2-3 weeks, you can expect the desired results. If the problem is more complicated, several weeks or months can be required.

    If the baby has the symptoms of feeding and swallowing disorders, treatment is recommended. Below are some of the signs to notice:

    • Coughing and choking during feeding.
    • Longer than expected feeding time.
    • Repeatedly crying or unlatching from the bottle while feeding.
    • Spillage from mouth while feeding.