Feeding and Swallowing Therapy

We all have instances of food going the wrong way; with that, we tend to cough, nose running, and watery eyes. We may also have cases of food being too “tough” to swallow, or we have to put a little bit more effort into swallowing it down. Someone with a swallowing disorder has this problem all the time. This problem is called Dysphagia, and the “act of” swallowing has three different phases. They are as follows:


  • Oral phase – sucking, chewing, and moving food or liquid into the throat


  • Pharyngeal phase – starting the swallow and squeezing food down the throat. You need to close off your airway to keep food or liquid out. Food going into the airway can cause coughing and choking


  • Esophageal phase – opening and closing the esophagus or the tube that goes from the mouth to the stomach. The esophagus squeezes food down to the stomach. Food can get stuck in the esophagus. Or, you may throw up a lot if there is a problem with your esophagus


In children, this can look similar, coupled with only eating certain foods, or they may take a long time to eat.

Feeding Baby
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