Feeding and Swallowing Services

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Feeding and Swallowing Services

What are feeding and swallowing services?

Not all feeding problems are the same. The new diagnosis of Pediatric Feeding Disorder in the ICD-10 highlights the medical, nutritional, skill, and psychosocial factors that underlie most feeding problems. An incredible variety of diagnoses exist within all four factors, and the relative severity of each factor varies for each child. This means that Pediatric Feeding Disorder can look very different for different children.

Some children do not eat or drink enough to gain weight and grow. Some children do not have a balanced diet because they eat only a few foods. Some toddlers and children only eat purees or drink formula. Some children cough when they swallow or have difficulties coordinating their lips, tongue and jaw to manage food and swallow safely. Many children have oral sensitivities or oral aversions. They may tantrum to avoid eating foods that they associate with fear or discomfort.

Because there are so many different types of feeding problems, you need an assessment and treatment program that is specific to your child.

Munroe-Meyer Institute can help if your child:

What are the evaluation and treatment options?

If your child or a child you know needs services for Pediatric Feeding Disorder, call the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). An intake specialist will ask you some questions to help you find the services that are best for the child and help you schedule an evaluation for the appropriate service.

MMI offers a variety of services to address the many different needs of children with feeding and swallowing difficulties. For example:

Contact us

Take the first step by contacting an intake specialist at Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) today.