May 1, 2021 by admin

What Is Infant Feeding Therapy?

What is infant feeding therapy? It may seem obvious, but you may not have realized that it can be helped through speech therapy services. 

At Pediatric Advanced Therapy, our speech therapy department is highly qualified to treat a variety of infant feeding problems. If your child is exhibiting any of the following behaviors, it could be worth a visit with your doctor to talk about a referral for:

  • Failure to progress with any feeding skills
    • Sucking – bottle feeding, nursing
    • Spoon-feeding
    • Chewing
    • Biting
    • Drinking from an open cup
    • Drinking from a straw/sippy cup
  • Excessive fatigue during a bottle feeding/nursing (may appear as falling asleep or jaw/lip/tongue tremor)
  • Exceptionally long time to complete a feeding- greater than 20 minutes
  • Exceptionally fast bottle feedings/nursing or frequent feedings (for example: feeds less than every 2 hours)
  • Caregiver experiences increased anxiety or distress when feeding infant
  • Pain when nursing due to poor suck
  • Weight loss
  • Poor weight gain/failure to thrive
  • Disinterest in feeding
  • Refusing or avoiding certain food textures
  • Swallowing solid food whole
  • Pocketing food in cheeks
  • Loss of food or liquid from lips while eating/drinking
  • Signs of discomfort while feeding
  • Coughing/choking during or after eating/drinking
  • Gagging/vomiting during or after eating/drinking
  • Tongue tie/lip tie
Each of our clinics has a feeding kitchen equipped with all the tools to help your child.
Our feeding kitchens have a variety of seating equipment for whichever stage of devleopment your child is in.
We are eager to help you make feeding experiences enjoyable and not stressful.

Our Clinics

  • Charlotte: 2102 Cambridge Beltway Drive, Suite E, Charlotte, NC 28273
  • Concord: 1777 Old Earnhardt Road Kannapolis, NC 28083
  • Matthews: 2301 Crownpoint Executive Drive, Suite F, Charlotte, NC 28227
  • Mooresville: 134 Infield Court Mooresville, NC 28117
  • Salisbury: 1121 Old Concord Road, Suite 6, Salisbury, NC 28146
  • Winston-Salem: 280 Charlois Boulevard Winston-Salem, NC 27103

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