Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peta | 2010-02-09


Having difficulty swallowing

Hi Dr
Not sure if you remember me, my little boy (16months) has Crycopharyngeal inco-ordination syndrome with pharyngeal incompetence.

Up until a month ago he didnt eat well at all (we make use of his mickey etc for both food feeds and milk) but he would eat up to 3-4 teaspoons of food at a time if we were lucky per meal.

However, for the past month he has been eating more but unless it is something smooth like cereal or butternut etc he chews it quite happily but then cant seem to swallow it. He will move it around in his mouth but not swallow it and then seem to get quite stressed and take his hand and pull out the food.

Is this normal or do you think it is related to the swallowing issues he has?


Expert's Reply



Your son's present swallowing problem is probably due to his inco-ordination problems plus a dislike and inability to swallow coarse food. Make his food as smoooth and soft as possible until he starts to be able or shows an interest in starting to eat slighly coarser food.

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