Feeding disorders in kids usually include eating problems while sucking, slurping, chewing, spoon feeding or drinking from a cup. A child may also suffer swallowing difficulties called dysphagia and have problems moving food or liquid from the mouth, throat, or oesophagus to the stomach. Feeding and swallowing disorders are medical conditions that can deprive the child of complete nutrition. Our feeding therapists in Dubai apply various therapies to solve feeding and swallowing disorders and make the child's eating habits normal.
The child can suffer from feeding or swallowing disorders if they also suffer from the following problems:
Nervous system disorders - It can cause malfunctions of the tongue, oral and pharyngeal muscles, for example- cerebral palsy or meningitis.
Being born prematurely
Having congenital heart disease
Cleft lip or palate
Breathing problems, like asthma or other diseases
Congenital problems affecting head and neck movements
Medicines that reduce appetite and make the child sleepy
Stiff, arched back while feeding
Crying while feeding
Withdrawing and spilling food from mouth while feeding
Unable to suck mother's milk
Having trouble breathing while eating and drinking
Refusing to eat or drink
Eating only soft and smooth textured food
Munching a lot
Holding food in their mouth
Having issues chewing or gulping the food
Coughing, gagging or drooling during meals
Stuffing food and then expelling it from the mouth
Gurgling or breathing heavily after meals
Spitting or throwing up a lot
Some paediatricians also refer children who do not gain enough weight as per their age group to a feeding therapist in Dubai to check for signs of feeding disorders.
5-20% of children are diagnosed with feeding disorders. Feeding disorders can exist in the form of muscle, tongue or pharyngeal deformity that cause problems in chewing, sucking or gulping.
When diagnosing, our feeding therapists can conduct a suitable combination of the following examinations.
Examine tongue and mouth surface.
Examine pharyngeal muscle movement while swallowing
Examine poor oral-motor skills and sensory problems
Closely observe the child's behaviour while eating
Take up endoscopic assessments of the mouth
The therapist would also discuss with parents the child’s medical history and development-related issues to reach a conclusive decision.
Feeding disorder treatment differs for all children. Depending upon the individual problems, the treatment module will include:
Changing food textures
Prescribing medicines to alleviate reflux disorders
Neuropedia is the first and one of the best pediatric neurology centres in Dubai. Our team comprises highly qualified doctors specially trained to treat various pediatric disorders. If your child also shows any feeding disorders symptoms, visit our centre for pediatric feeding therapy in Dubai.