OHSU

Services & Treatment

The CDRC Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing Disorders Program provides evaluation and ongoing management for children, youth, and their families who have feeding and swallowing challenges.

The goal of our program is to establish feeding patterns that optimize nutrition and growth while supporting the child's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Examples of the methods used to evaluate and meet patient's care needs include:

  • identifying underlying medical conditions that impact feeding and growth
  • identifying oral motor dysfunction and its implications
  • interpreting the adequacy of growth and weight gain
  • determining the adequacy of calories and nutrients in the diet
  • evaluating learned behavior patterns, family functioning, and psychosocial barriers that my limit optimal nutrition and growth
  • identifying the need for special formula, nutritional supplements, or alternate means of feeding
  • identifying treatment strategies for children with oral motor or sensory based feeding delays
  • prioritizing feeding goals for children with special health needs as related to development, physical health, nutrition, and psychosocial well being

Symptoms of feeding and swallowing problems in infants may include:

  • coughing
  • choking and gagging during eating
  • aversion to eating
  • g-tube dependency and learning to eat by mouth
  • oral aversion
  • difficulty coordinating sucking, swallowing and breathing
  • congestion during eating
  • frequent respiratory infections/pneumonia
  • fatigue during eating
  • color change during eating or bottling
  • discomfort in the throat area during eating or drinking
  • food or liquid discharge from the nose during eating
  • failure to gain weight
  • failure to progress on to an age-appropriate diet.