Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Feeding and swallowing disorders includes conditions or disorders that prevent a person from consuming foods and liquids in a manner that is comfortable and safe.

Feeding Disorders

Include difficulty bringing food and liquid to the mouth and difficulty preparing to suck, chew or swallow it (e.g. difficulty keeping the lips closed so food and liquid stays in the mouth and can be sucked, chewed and swallowed).

Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

Involve difficulties in the act of swallowing, or moving food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Treatment of swallowing disorders focuses on preventing food or liquid entering the airway or lungs (aspiration) and protecting the airway from being blocked by food (choking).