Dysphagia is the medical term for the symptom of difficulty in swallowing. It is derived from the Greek dys meaning bad or disordered, and phago meaning “eat”. It may be a sensation that suggests difficulty in the passage of solids or liquids from the mouth to the stomach a lack of pharyngeal sensation, or various other inadequacies of the swallowing mechanism.
Individuals who suffer from dysphagia are often ordered onto thickened fluids. The thicker consistency makes it less likely that an individual with dysphagia will aspirate while they are drinking. Individuals with difficulty swallowing may find liquids cause coughing, spluttering or even choking and thickening drinks enables them to swallow safely. It is also worthwhile to refer to the physiology of swallowing in understanding dysphagia. With an orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) a child with swallowing problems can be helped to ensure to get the necessary amount of nutrition and liquid.
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