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Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Therapy Fact Sheet

Updated: Dec 28, 2022


What is a feeding disorder?

Children with a feeding disorder may have an especially hard time eating or drinking. Some children will eat only certain foods, or they may take a long time to eat. If a child coughs or chokes when eating, refuses food or liquid, has a wet, gurgly voice after eating, starts to lose weight, or has less energy than usual, this may indicate a feeding and swallowing disorder.


Signs of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Your child may have a feeding or swallowing problem if they:

  • arch their back or stiffen when feeding

  • cry or fuss when feeding

  • fall asleep when feeding

  • have problems breastfeeding

  • have trouble breathing while eating and drinking

  • refuse to eat or drink

  • eat only certain textures, such as soft food or crunchy food

  • take a long time to eat

  • pocket (which means to hold food in their mouth)

  • have problems chewing

  • cough or gag during meals

  • drool a lot or have liquid come out of their mouth or nose

  • get stuffy during meals

  • have a gurgly, hoarse, or breathy voice during or after meals

  • spit up or throw up a lot


If your child has displayed any of the above symptoms, I strongly recommend speaking with your pediatrician or calling a speech therapists who has received training in assessing and treating feeding disorders. Contact us at (210) 876-5282 or via email at info@lifespanpllc.com, if you have concerns about your child's feeding or eating habits.







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