Atypical swallowing in children

Atypical swallowing in children

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Atypical swallowing is an incorrect habit that consists of an inadequate tongue position when swallowing. It is a very common disorder that many children have and can be the consequence of a wide variety of factors that can trigger inappropriate swallowing.

Various professionals may participate in correcting this inappropriate habit, including the speech therapist. In we facilitate speech therapy advice to follow if your child presents this alteration when swallowing.

It is important to know some of the aspects that can be indicators of the existence of an atypical swallowing:

- frontal position of the tongue during the act of swallowing

- excessive lip closure

- escape of food

- lack of contraction in the masseters (muscles responsible for opening and closing the jaw)

- tension in the chin

- neck contraction

- noises when swallowing

- food remains after swallowing

If any of these appear, your child may have a swallowing disorder. So what should be done?

It is essential to go to the speech therapist to perform a myofunctional assessment (of all the structures involved in the swallowing process), in order to determine the existence or not of a swallowing alteration. In addition, for greater certainty in the diagnosis, other professionals such as the ENT, the dentist, and the psychologist may participate.

Once the child's needs have been detected, treatment should be started as early as possible It consists of a myofunctional therapy coordinated between the dentist and the speech therapist. This treatment is carried out with the aim of restoring muscle balance to the child through activities focused on relaxation, posture, breathing, muscle balance and swallowing itself.

Finally, it is necessary that, in order to consolidate and generalize the progress achieved during the treatment, all the people around the child, both parents, teachers, family members ... receive a series of guidelines for action. Some of these guidelines are the following: attend to this problem from an early age, become aware of the importance of nasal breathing and reinforce the child's progress at all times, among others.

You can read more articles similar to Atypical swallowing in children, in the Language category - On-site speech therapy.

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