Swallowing Awareness Day!

Published: Mon, 9th March 2020, 01:06:00 PM

It was Swallowing Awareness Day on 18 March 2020, and this was a hugely significant day for those born with OA/ TOF.  Due to surgery and resulting strictures, dysphagia is an ongoing problem for many and can range from issues with certain problem food and liquids to a complete inability to tolerate oral feeds. TOFS has many great resources on coping with dysphagia which can be found by clicking on the links below.

You can find information about issues related to strictures here.  As well as tips and tricks about dealing with the various stages and challenges you may face when weaning and feeding your TOF child here.

TOF mother Julia Faulkner, who works as a paediatric Dietician, gave a great speech at the 2018 TOFS Conference on the subject of feeding the TOF child, which can be found here. 

You can also contact your consultant, surgeon or health visitor to be referred to a Speech and Language Therapist who can help ease the stress of weaning and dysphagia and give you useful guidance and advice.

Coughing and choking can be very alarming to those unaware of conditions such as OA and TOF so the more awareness that can be spread the better.  For information on how to spread the word about Swallowing Awareness Day 2020 click here and download the campaign toolkit.

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