Why does my child have trouble swallowing?

What is the most common cause of pediatric dysphagia?

A few of the most common include: GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) Cleft lip or cleft palate. Vocal cord paralysis.

How do you help a child with dysphagia?

If your child has chronic dysphagia or dysphagia caused by a health condition, speech or occupational therapy may help. Your child will learn exercises and feeding techniques to swallow better. Your child may be able to swallow thick fluids and soft foods better than thin liquids.

What is the symptoms of dysphagia?

Other signs of dysphagia include:

  • coughing or choking when eating or drinking.
  • bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose.
  • a sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest.
  • persistent drooling of saliva.
  • being unable to chew food properly.
  • a gurgly, wet-sounding voice when eating or drinking.

What is the most common cause of pharyngeal dysphagia?

Pharyngeal dysphagia — the problem is in the throat. Issues in the throat are often caused by a neurological problem that affects the nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

What can kids with dysphagia eat?

Infants and children with dysphagia are often able to swallow thick fluids and soft foods, such as baby foods or pureed foods, better than thin liquids. Some infants who had trouble swallowing formula will do better when they are old enough to eat baby foods.

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Can dysphagia be cured?

Many cases of dysphagia can be improved with treatment, but a cure isn’t always possible. Treatments for dysphagia include: speech and language therapy to learn new swallowing techniques. changing the consistency of food and liquids to make them safer to swallow.

Can dysphagia come on suddenly?

Dysphagia means trouble swallowing. This condition can be long-term or it can come on suddenly. If your child suddenly has trouble swallowing, get medical help right away.

Can dysphagia go away on its own?

Dysphagia is a another medical name for difficulty swallowing. This symptom isn’t always indicative of a medical condition. In fact, this condition may be temporary and go away on its own.

What are the 2 types of dysphagia?

There are 2 main types of dysphagia, caused by problems with the:

  • mouth or throat – known as oropharyngeal dysphagia.
  • oesophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach) – known as oesophageal dysphagia.

What type of doctor treats dysphagia?

See your doctor if you’re having problems swallowing. Depending on the suspected cause, your doctor may refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist, a doctor who specializes in treating digestive disorders (gastroenterologist) or a doctor who specializes in diseases of the nervous system (neurologist).