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:
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:
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.
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: