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Dysphagia means trouble swallowing. Swallowing happens in 4 stages. Swallowing problems happen when something goes wrong in one or more of these stages. Dysphagia can be long-term chronic. Or it may come on suddenly. If your child has trouble swallowing and a fever, it may be because of an infection. Chronic swallowing problems are often caused by another health problem. Oral sensitivity or vocal cord irritation, which can happen if the child has been on a breathing machine ventilator for a long time.
Problems with how the bones of the skull and the structures in the mouth and throat form craniofacial anomalies. The symptoms of this condition may look like symptoms of other health problems. Make sure your child sees a healthcare provider for a diagnosis. Then, he or she will give your child an exam. The healthcare provider will also ask about how your child eats and if you notice any problems during feedings.
Your child may also need an imaging test or other tests. These tests may include the following:. Your child is given small amounts of barium to drink. This is a metallic, chalky liquid that coats the inside of organs. This helps them show up on X-rays better. This tube has a light and a camera lens at the end of it. During the test, your child may have tissue samples removed from the throat, esophagus, and stomach. Your child will get medicine to help relax and prevent pain sedation for this test. Your child will be under anesthesia for this test.
If your child has trouble swallowing and a fever, it may be from an infection. These can both be emergencies. Your child will need medical help right away. If your child has chronic dysphagia or dysphagia caused by a health condition, speech or occupational therapy may help. Your child will learn exercises and feeding techniques to swallow better. Your child may be able to swallow thick fluids and soft foods better than thin liquids. GERD may be treated with feeding changes or medicine.
If your child is diagnosed with this condition, a particular elimination diet is often tried for treatment. Medicines may also be tried. Children who have scarring or narrowing of the esophagus may need a test. Your child will need to be under anesthesia for this.
Your child may need to have this procedure repeated. This condition can cause aspiration. This can lead to pneumonia and other serious lung problems. Children with dysphagia often have trouble eating enough. This can cause poor nutrition. They may not gain enough weight to grow properly. Some children with dysphagia will have long-term problems.
This is more likely in children who also have other health problems, such as nerve or muscle issues. Other children may learn to eat and drink better. Your child may need to see a team of healthcare providers who specialize in feeding and swallowing.
If your child suddenly has trouble swallowing, seek medical help right away. If your child has dysphagia and develops new symptoms, such as trouble breathing, get help right away. At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments, or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you for your. Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed and how it will help your. Also know what the side effects are.
If your child has a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that visit. This is important if your child becomes ill and you have questions or need advice.Cannot sleep looking to suck and swallow
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Dysphagia in Children