Feeding therapy is designed for children who have extreme feeding issues, either as a result of a medical condition, disorder, or extreme pickiness that doesn’t allow them to enjoy food in the same way as the rest of their peer group. This includes breast and bottle feeding. Our Speech and Occupational Therapist have advanced training in feeding therapy.
Signs and Symptoms
If your child frequently exhibits any of the symptoms below while eating, then you should consider talking to a doctor about your next course of action:
- Vomits, gags, or chokes during or right after meals;
- Shows difficulty when drinking from an open cup.
- Pushes or moves away from food.
- Excessive fussiness while eating.
- Food refusal, especially with new foods.
- Struggles with chewing their food and swallowing it.
- Has respiratory infections often.
- Gaining weight is a struggle.
- Has trouble breathing properly while eating.
- Prefers only one food texture and refuses others, such as only accepting bottle feedings and refusing solids during feeding sessions.
- In the case of babies, there is an inability to properly suck, swallow, and breathe in a regular pattern.
- Mealtimes that last longer than typical.