Infant Airway Protection Mechanisms During Swallowing Infants have high caloric needs. Newborns will feed, on average, eight to 10 times per day and they depend exclusively on fluid intake to meet their caloric needs. Fluids represent the most commonly aspirated material. Understanding the high risk for aspiration due to proportion of liquid calories and the frequency ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2013
Infant Airway Protection Mechanisms During Swallowing
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  • Memorie Gosa
    Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Financial Disclosure: Memorie Gosa is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama.
    Financial Disclosure: Memorie Gosa is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2013
Infant Airway Protection Mechanisms During Swallowing
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2013, Vol. 22, 156-160. doi:10.1044/sasd22.4.156
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2013, Vol. 22, 156-160. doi:10.1044/sasd22.4.156

Infants have high caloric needs. Newborns will feed, on average, eight to 10 times per day and they depend exclusively on fluid intake to meet their caloric needs. Fluids represent the most commonly aspirated material. Understanding the high risk for aspiration due to proportion of liquid calories and the frequency with which the infant feeds, it is necessary for dysphagia professionals to understand the protective mechanisms available to the infant. The anatomic arrangement of the upper aerodigestive tract, resulting swallow physiology and laryngeal reflexes of the infant, optimally prepare the infant for safe swallowing during nipple feeding.

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