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Caring for children with swallowing disorders
Learn how our Gastroenterology, Liver and Nutrition Program cares for children with swallowing disorders.
Related tests and treatments:
- Barium swallow study
- Videoflouroscopic swallow study
- Fiber optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing
- Esophageal manometry study
- Esophageal dilation
- Cognitive behavior therapy
Our approach to swallowing disorders
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers one of the nation’s leading programs for treating pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, and our feeding team treats more than 200 new cases a year. We specialize in medically complex children, and our team’s vast experience, interdisciplinary perspective and commitment to research make our program a destination for families who are seeking the best care.
Our feeding team blends the expertise of pediatric gastroenterologists, speech pathologists, psychologists and dietitians who will see your child in the same clinic on the same day. This truly interdisciplinary approach is one of the features that make our program so successful and family-friendly.
Swallowing disorders services we offer
- Diagnosis and evaluation
- Advanced endoscopic procedures
- Customized treatment plan
- Nutritional counseling
- Psychological services
Most cases can be managed on an outpatient basis, but we also offer an intensive, two-week inpatient feeding program and an intensive outpatient program for more complex cases.
Diagnosing and treating swallowing disorders
To assess swallowing function, your child’s feeding specialists might use one or more of the following imaging tests:
Once our experts identify the root cause of your child’s swallowing problem, they will create a customized treatment plan to address the problem. Speech and occupational therapists can suggest exercises and techniques that can improve swallowing. Our dietitians might recommend easier-to-swallow foods, such as soft foods and thickened liquids. If the problem involves narrowing of the esophagus, an endoscopic procedure called esophageal dilation can help. If your child has begun to associate eating with pain and fear, then the doctor might recommend psychological treatment, including cognitive behavior therapy.
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