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Name of Treatment Program: Pediatric Feeding Program
Short description: The Pediatric Feeding Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats feeding and swallowing disorders, or dysphagia, in infants, toddlers, children and adolescents.
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Feeding and swallowing disorders, or dysphagia, can occur in infants, toddlers, children and adolescents. Feeding issues may be the result of reduced oral motor skills, differences in oral sensitivity, difficulty tolerating a variety of textures, or feeding problems that delay development or feeding milestones.
Swallowing disorders include concerns with swallow safety and aspiration. The presence of respiratory, neurological or cardiac problems can disrupt swallow coordination. These problems may warrant a radiology exam of swallowing with a speech pathologist.
We offer multidisciplinary teams in the following areas:
• Pediatric Feeding Team: A team that includes a dietician, speech-language pathologist and a nurse practitioner evaluates medically complex children who have developed or are at risk for developing feeding and weight gain problems.
• Clinical Feeding Evaluation: A speech-language pathologist evaluates and treats children with less complex feeding problems that may include slow progression to solid foods, gagging on textures, or immature feeding skills
• Modified Barium Swallow: When a child has suspected dysphagia (swallowing problems) or is at risk for aspiration, a radiography study may be completed. During this study a speech-language pathologist works with a pediatric radiology staff to take images as he/she swallows various consistencies of barium to assess swallow function.
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