Conditions + Treatments

Dysphagia in Children

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Dysphagia is a term that means "difficulty swallowing." It is the inability of food or liquids to pass easily from the mouth, into the throat, and down into the esophagus to the stomach during the process of swallowing.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches dysphagia

Your child will be treated through our Speech-Language Pathology Program. Children's offers a unique Feeding and Swallowing Program, which diagnoses and treats infants, toddlers and school-aged children with a variety of feeding and swallowing problems. Our interdisciplinary staff includes gastroenterologists, pulmonary specialists, radiologists, and otolaryngologists. Our team thoroughly evaluates your child's oral motor skills, swallowing and feeding skills, and nutritional intake.

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