To be able to eat, does not only have nutritional value, but it is also a social act. New mothers are mostly concerned about how well their baby is sleeping…and eating. Family and friends get together and eat delicious food during celebration. Food is used to woo, to soothe and to reward.
We provide dysphagia or feeding therapy for babies who are unable to suckle well enough to gain weight. It is also needed if a baby often coughs or chokes during feeds or shows any other signs of aspiration.
We also treat adults and children with food aversions, difficulty chewing or swallowing. Any person with neurological impairments, structural changes to their mouths or throat (e.g. due to cancer) sometimes find it difficult to eat.
We offer a comprehensive assessment and provide therapy to improve function and/or to compensate for the lost feeding abilities.
Signs of possible dysphagia
- Struggle to swallow and control saliva.
- Difficulty with moving the food around in the mouth.
- Food falling out of the mouth, messy eater.
- Food left over in mouth after eating.
- Coughing – before, during or after eating.
- Wet/gurgly voice after eating or drinking.
- Breathing difficulties.
- Regular pneumonia.
- Weight loss or poor weight gain (Failure To Thrive).
- Complains of pain or food stuck in the throat when eating.