Signs of a Feeding or Swallowing Disorder
What Are Signs and Symptoms of a Feeding or Swallowing Disorder?
- Breathing stress signals (respiratory fatigue, nasal flaring, chin tugging/head bobbing, stridor, reliance on “catch” breaths)
- Swallowing stress signals (gulping, drooling, gurgling sounds in airway, double swallows, coughing, choking, frequent regurgitations)
- Severely self-limiting intake of oral foods & liquids
- Food refusals/aversions
- Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
- Excessive drooling or food coming out of the mouth/nose
- Wet, gurgly vocal quality when eating or drinking
- Recurrent respiratory issues
- Excessive behaviors around eating
- Children on feeding tubes
- Poor weight gain
- Sensitivity to temperatures/smells/textures of foods
- Heightened or lack of awareness of flavor
- Difficulty manipulating eating utensils
- Avoidance of touching foods
- Frequent spilling of both food and drinks unintentionally
- Chewing with mouth open
- Biting fingers and tongue while eating
- Dribbling food and drink down chin
- Dropping food on the floor unintentionally
- Constant fidgeting during the meal
- Variable attention during meals
- Frequent wiping of hands and mouth during eating
- Child fears putting things in his/her mouth
- Gagging while eating or in the presence of particular food items
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