Common Children’s Health Issues That Create Problems Swallowing | TwinCity Medical Mobile

Common Children’s Health Issues That Create Problems Swallowing
Many different health problems can cause problems swallowing among children. For example, children may have problems swallowing if they have a cleft lip or palate, have dental problems (such as teeth that do not meet properly), have a large tongue, or suffer from a disease that affects the nervous system, like a brain injury, nerve injury, or muscular dystrophy. Children may also have problems swallowing if they have large tonsils, a tumor or mass in their throat, paralysis of the vocal cords, prematurity, or developmental delays.

Children with a swallowing difficulty, or dysphagia, may exhibit obvious symptoms that they have problems swallowing. Or, these symptoms may be difficult to associate with swallowing issues. As a parent, here are some of the signs to watch out for that could indicate your child has problems swallowing:

  • Your child eats slowly
  • Your child attempts to swallow a mouthful of food several times with limited success
  • Your child gags while eating or drools significantly
  • If you have a baby or younger child, they have a hard time coordinating swallowing or sucking movements
  • During feedings, your baby arches their chest or stiffens their body
  • Your child experiences frequent respiratory infections
  • Your child or baby spits up or vomits on a frequent basis
  • After eating, food or liquids come up through your child’s nose
  • During mealtimes, your child becomes unalert

If your child has problems swallowing, a Modified Barium Swallow test may be needed. For more information, please reach out to us at TwinCity Medical Mobile.