Feeding Problems in Children With Long-Term Tracheostomies Or Ventilator Assistance Feeding and swallowing difficulties in infants and young children who have long-term tracheostomies with or without the need for ventilator assistance relate to the underlying reasons for the tracheostomy as well as anatomic and functional changes post-opera-tively (Arvedson & Brodsky, 1992). It is important to remember that not all ... Article
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Feeding Problems in Children With Long-Term Tracheostomies Or Ventilator Assistance
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Article   |   April 01, 2000
Feeding Problems in Children With Long-Term Tracheostomies Or Ventilator Assistance
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 2000, Vol. 9, 6-9. doi:10.1044/sasd9.1.6
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 2000, Vol. 9, 6-9. doi:10.1044/sasd9.1.6
Feeding and swallowing difficulties in infants and young children who have long-term tracheostomies with or without the need for ventilator assistance relate to the underlying reasons for the tracheostomy as well as anatomic and functional changes post-opera-tively (Arvedson & Brodsky, 1992). It is important to remember that not all children with tracheostomies have problems with feeding and swallowing. The children who do have difficulty swallowing are those who may be prone to aspiration, have gastroesophageal reflux (GER), get nutritional needs met by non-oral tube feedings, and have limited pleasurable oral-motor experience. One must also remember that these children may have neurogenic dysphagia that is not directly related to the presence of a tracheostomy tube.
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