You may notice that your child during mealtimes is struggling to eat. This is a very stressful and challenging situation especially for children. If this behavior is affecting their daily nutritional requirements for growth and development then they should have an evaluation from a feeding therapist.
You may notice that your child struggles with chewing their food. This can be a great concern as that increases the risk for choking. Children who suffer from difficulty of chewing will often swallow food whole which is dangerous and not recommended.
Many of the times if your child is having difficulty swallowing it can be due to certain factors. Firstly, it may be because of a sore throat which causes the child pain. Secondly, if the child has nasal congestion that may cause discomfort. Other issues may range from suffering from a medical condition such as cerebral palsy. Below are examples of difficulty of swallowing:
Many foods as we all know have different smells and textures. Each child has their own preference when it comes to eating food which is why its important to note what your child enjoys. You may notice your child has difficulty changing from: bottle food to purees. Then, from purees to soft solids. Lastly, to mixed textured foods. Your child may require feeding therapy if:
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