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by | Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | Feeding, Swallowing, Drooling

What difficulties does dysphagia lead to in infants, children and young people?

  • Issues with the development of feeding skills
  • Behavioural issues associated with eating, drinking and mealtimes
  • Can cause chest infections, pneumonia, choking, dehydration, weight loss and malnutrition

How can speech and language therapists (SLTs) help?

  • They can assess and identify possible causes of eating and drinking difficulties
  • They can provide mealtime assessments
  • They can refer children for a videofluoroscopy
  • They can recommend changes to feeding equipment, changes to the texture of food or drink, and changes to feeding positions

How many children and young people are affected by dysphagia?

  • Between 25% and 45% of a typically developing paediatric population
  • Between 31% and 99% of children with cerebral palsy
  • Between 26.8% and 40% of infants born prematurely

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