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Pediatric Feeding Program

The Pediatric Feeding Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats feeding and swallowing disorders, or dysphagia, in infants, toddlers, children and adolescents.

To schedule an appointment, please call: 617-724-0770

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Overview

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 & Nutrition Center: The Pediatric Feeding & Nutrition Center offers multidisciplinary care for children with a variety of feeding difficulties. Families meet with a health-care team that includes a speech - language pathologist with advanced training in feeding and other specialists including: pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition doctor, dietitian, occupational therapist, feeding psychologist, and social worker. The team may change based on your child’s specific needs. The team meets all together with you and your child as we evaluate their feeding skills and develop a family-centered treatment plan. Learn more.
  • 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.
  • Videoflouroscopic Swallow Study: When a child has suspected dysphagia (swallowing problems) or is at risk for aspiration, a radiography study, known as a Videoflouroscopic Swallow Study (Modified Barium Swallow Study), may be completed.  During this study, a speech-language pathologist works with pediatric radiology staff to take images as the child swallows various consistencies of barium to assess swallow function.

Meet the Team

News

  • Quinnlyn's story: Feeding team helps picky preemie become a flourishing foodie - 4/18/2019, Mass General

    For the first few months of her life, Quinnlyn Fisher relied on a feeding tube. Gagging and vomiting, along with a host of health issues, made feeding a struggle for Quinnlyn, who was born premature at just under 28 weeks. With care and support from her family and care team at the Center for Feeding and Nutrition at MGHfC, Quinnlyn no longer gags or vomits, and relishes in foods full of flavor and color.

  • Penny's story: Warrior Princess conquers her feeding struggles - 4/17/2019, Mass General

    In no uncertain terms, Penny Clark will tell you what she likes and dislikes when it comes to certain foods. Born at 26 weeks premature with severe feeding issues, Penny received treatment at MGHfC's Center for Feeding and Nutrition and is now a 3-year-old preschooler who eagerly fills her plate and her belly.

  • Feeding team helps little guy develop a big appetite: Grey's story - 1/2/2019, Mass General

    Grey Greenough, 2, has always been a little guy, but don’t be fooled – he has learned to have a big appetite, thanks to his dedicated family and the care he received from the Center for Pediatric Feeding and Nutrition at MGHfC.

  • Infant Intervention: Saving Mihaly - 4/26/2017, Mass General

    Before the birth of Rose's twins, prenatal testing showed one baby may have an intestinal blockage. Hours after Mihaly was born, MGHfC surgeons performed a life-saving surgery.

  • Finding Success and Overcoming Fears Through the Pediatric Feeding Program - 8/9/2016, Mass General

    Gustavo Franca was born with birth defects that left him unable to eat or drink anything by mouth. Now, at age 9, Gustavo is learning how to chew and swallow solid food and overcome his feeding fears with help from the MGHfC Pediatric Feeding Program.

Contact

Contact Us

MGHfC Feeding Program

POB 3275 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-724-0770
  • Fax: 617-724-0771

Chelsea HealthCare Center Phone: 617-887-3527 | Fax: 617-889-8503
Revere HealthCare Center Phone: 781-485-6125 | Fax: 781-485-6106

To schedule an appointment, please call: 617-724-0770

Email the Pediatric Feeding Program

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