Pediatric Feeding and Speech Services

Pediatric feeding disorders can make feeding very difficult, impact a child’s healthy growth and development, and create a lot of stress for parents. Early identification and treatment are essential to developing positive feeding experiences for long-term feeding success. If left untreated, behavioral feeding issues often develop as well and can cause increased feeding difficulties over time. Feeding therapy can help breasted, bottle-fed or tube-fed babies. Our Pediatric Feeding and Speech Therapist has over 20 years of experience to help our struggling babies.

Some common causes of feeding difficulties:

  • Structural abnormalities (tongue tie, cleft palate etc.)
  • Oral motor weakness
  • Sensory issues 
  • Prematurity
  • Failure to thrive
  • Neurological disorders
  • Reflux or Gastrointestinal issues
  • Genetic disorders
  • Complex medical conditions 
  • Developmental disorders

Some common signs and symptoms of early feeding difficulties:

  • Back arching and pulling away from breast or bottle
  • Poor seal around the breast or bottle
  • Irritability or reduced alertness during feedings
  • Falling asleep after a few minutes of feeding
  • Difficulty coordinating breathing and feeding (suck-swallow-breathe)
  • Refusing to eat
  • Unusually long feeding times 
  • Frequent spitting up, vomiting, or excessive drooling
  • Liquid or food spilling out of the mouth or nose
  • Cough, choke, gag or “wet/gurgly” vocal quality during/immediately after feeding
  • Difficulty transitioning to solid foods or spoon feedings
  •  Limited intake (eating very little) or poor weight gain
  •  Difficulty chewing
  • “Fussy eater” – resistance to eating foods of different textures, tastes, colors or temperatures
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