Feeding and Swallowing (Dysphagia)

The ability to eat and swallow normally is important for any age. Treatment targets are to assess present level of swallow function and determine the cause of the difficulties. Some symptoms may be difficulty chewing meat, raw veggies/fruit, coughing when drinking or eating, picky or messy eating are present, excessive drooling, TMJ pain, thrusting tongue before and after swallowing food, difficulties as an infant with breast or bottle feeding (leaking milk, poor latch, mother has low milk supply or pain/discomfort during breast feeding, inability to flange lips), and lack of smooth transition into eating solid foods.