Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Dysphagia is commonly referred to as swallowing and feeding disorders which affects newborns, infants and toddlers as well as children and adults. A speech-language pathologist assesses and treats any swallowing/ feeding disorder within this population. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for swallowing (NMES) using VitalStim Plus is also provided. Click here for more info.

We currently provide swallowing/ feeding treatment at Westville Hospital, Crompton Hospital, Hillcrest Private Hospital and Highway Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Hospital in the following settings:

  • Neo-natal Intensive care unit (NICU)
  • ICU and CCU
  • High Care
  • Paediatric and General wards
  • Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation

 

Newborn and Infant Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

premature babies feeding
premature babies feeding

1 in 10 babies are born premature. When a baby is born premature there can be poor sucking, feeding and failure to thrive. A speech-language pathologist assess and treats the feeding and swallowing issues with the newborn/ infant.  Safe feeding techniques are shown to the mother to prevent choking (also known as aspiration) as well as sucking and swallowing stimulation guidelines.

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Fussy Feeding in the infant / Toddler years

fussy feeding
swallowing disorder infant

Some infants are “fussy” or “picky” eaters. This is common with many infants going through transitioning stages of puree to solid foods as well as toddlers and young children struggling with finger foods, textured foods or even tolerating a variety of foods. A speech-language pathologist will assess and treat the feeding and swallowing difficulties.

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Dysphagia in Adults

adult dysphagia
Sore throat - Flu Cold Stuck throat

Feeding and swallowing difficulties are common in people following a stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Cancer of the throat or as a result of any head and neck trauma. A speech-language pathologist assesses and treats dysphagia.

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VitalStim Plus

Neuro-muscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is an evidence based treatment used for treating swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). The VitalStim Plus machine is used to in a therapy session to re-train the muscles used for swallowing.  VitalStim Plus is the only form of NMES that is FDA approved from the USA.

A speech-language pathologist is responsible for treating the patient with swallowing difficulties. VitalStim Plus is used in conjunction with traditional therapy to maximize the swallowing recovery. The use of NMES is used internationally and is one of the gold standards in dysphagia treatment. The use of NMES is safe for use with infants, children and adults. Only certified speech-language pathologists that are trained in using VitalStim for NMES can provide this treatment. Registered speech-language pathologists are recorded on the VitalStim Registry which is accessible online.

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