Feeding / Dysphagia Evaluation
Our Feeding disorder or Dysphagia Evaluation thoroughly examines all aspects of your infant/child’s feeding and swallowing abilities. Furthermore We also start with a lengthy questionnaire. That addresses medical history and the impact of feeding stress on your child and on your family. In our warm home-like environment, we gently but thoroughly evaluate the structure of your child’s oral musculature. In addition we will observe your child’s oral sensory and oral motor function during eating.
We will make sure that the oral motor and sensory systems are intact and not interfering with or contributing to your child’s feeding disorder and swallowing problems. We also look at your child’s overall muscle tone, respiration and phonation, ribcage development and movement, indicators of tongue and lip tie, reflux, allergy or other GI issues, and behaviors that may pertain to feeding and swallowing.
Our evaluation can identify potential problems with your child’s feeding and swallowing abilities. Next The most critical issues are safety, specifically: obstruction or aspiration (the entrance of food/liquid into the airway). These dangerous conditions can result in coughing and choking, frequent illnesses including colds and congestion, breathing problems and pneumonia.
Oral Pharyngeal Motility Study
An Oral Pharyngeal Motility Study (OPMS) or Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBS), the “gold standard” evaluation of swallowing, is a videofluoroscopic (videotaped x-ray) study of oral (mouth), pharyngeal (throat) and upper esophageal anatomy and physiology to allow for more through evaluation of your child’s swallowing abilities. Moreover This assessment is completed in the pediatric imaging center in tandem with a pediatric radiologist.
Your child will swallow a variety of his or her foods and liquids coated with barium. A contrast substance that enables the food to show up on x-ray. This study of swallowing provides information about the risks of aspiration. And We will guide treatment programming specific to your child’s specific needs. Moreover,
We tape these studies so that we can show and educate you and other members of your child’s medical team about your child’s specific swallowing patterns and difficulties.
Our practice is the only freestanding outpatient facility in Florida that has the expertise to provide these specialty studies for their patients.