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Signs and Symptoms

Coughing and gagging during feedingSome children may exhibit difficulty feeding and /or swallowing. The following are some signs/symptoms that may indicate a need for therapy:

  • Coughing and gagging during feeding
  • Difficulty coordinating breathing with drinking or eating
  • Hoarse or breathy voice quality
  • Excessive drooling
  • Loss of food/liquid from the mouth
  • Prolonged meal time (greater than 30 minutes)
  • Avoidance of food textures
  • Problems chewing
  • Pneumonia or respiratory infections
  • Frequent spiting up
  • Arching or stiffening body during feeding
  • Failure to gain weight