OT/Speech therapy for hyper gag reflex

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Registered: 10-30-2006
OT/Speech therapy for hyper gag reflex
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Mon, 02-11-2008 - 8:58am

I've been making my way around the ivillage boards trying to find the right fit and I think you guys might be the ones.


My 10.5 mo old son is a preemie. He can't tolerate any lumps or chunks in food. If his cereal is too thick he gags. If he has anything other than a smooth puree (or a well chewed cheerio) he will gag and throw up. Friday we are going to OT/Speech at Children's for an evaluation. They said it would take about 2 hrs, come hungry and with various textures of foods so they can watch him eat. Then we go to radiology. They didn't say what they are doing in radiology but my guess is he will drink barium and do the movie xray thing to see how his swallowing is and where they stuff goes. Not for sure but that's my best guess.


I was just wondering if anyone here has had similar issues and if so what did OT/Speech do to help and what kind of results did you get? I talked to a couple people who either had a baby who was similar or knew someone who did and

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Registered: 04-08-2003
Mon, 02-11-2008 - 11:08am

Interesting. My DS did have these problems. He would even gag & throw up on breastmilk. We are having a terrible time feeding him now (5 yrs) because of his fears of food.


What I *think* is going on is my DS has low muscle tone. I looked up signs of this & it appears he got it from me, I guess I have it too. So the muscles needed to bring food down correctly sometimes gets confused & doens't do the right thing. I even went to the doc a few years ago telling them it's like I forget how to swollow & they did the x-ray thing to see if it was gerd or something -- which it wasn't. I just barely learned about this low muscle tone thing, so didn't follow that avenue and they didn't suggest it. I thought it had to do with my anxieties.


Speech therapy works with the muscles around the face,




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Registered: 04-19-2006
Mon, 02-11-2008 - 11:16am

I have three with SID, plus me lol. My youngest was dx'ed at 9 mo. because she has other disorders. Eating seemed to get better gradually starting at about a year. She is 15 mo. and still won't even touch bread. She was dx'ed with a feeding delay which her OT gave me great exercized that started makng feeding easier. Again it didn't happen over night and we are still working on it, but she eats!!!! Speech will probably do similar oral stimulation etc. Right now my youngest since she was a bit younger than your son as OT 2x's a week, speech 1x a week and a vison teacher 2x a week. All these things combined is what made all the diffrence, so I'm sure you will have great results. Let us know how things go :)


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Registered: 04-15-2007
Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:24am
I believe they are talking about doing a modified barium swallow. They can mix barium right with the food you bring. Will help them see if any aspiration is occurring.
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