Laura Baird, Lead Speech and Language Therapist, Cambridge University Hospital joined us to answer questions on the “Feeding & Swallowing Issues in babies & children born with OA/TOF”.
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Our seems to have gone off food altogether. Is there a way of knowing whether this an issue with her swallow or a behavioural challenge we need to address?
Is it normal for children born with OA/TOF to take some time to get their food down?
Do you know any good resources for babies born with OA/TOF who also have allergies?
My baby is currently a little off with her bottles, could it be she needs to go up a teat size rather than a medical issue?
Why are some babies born with OA/TOF automatically given Speech and Language Therapists involvement for feeding and swallowing when other are not?
Any guidance for an OA/TOF baby with a gastric pull-up who is struggling transitioning from gastrojejunostomy to oral feeds?
Any suggestions for a premature baby taking up to a hour to feed by bottle and NG (Nasogastric) tube?
Any guidance on weaning a baby being fed almost exclusively via their gastrostomy tube?
What can people do at home to help improve swallowing if their child has a problem?
What is the best way to drink water for a 5 year old who has a problem drinking?
How do parents progress if their child has plateaued on certain foods still causing stickies?
What exactly happens when an OA/TOF child has a blue episode during feeding?
What’s the best way to educate a small child on how to chew and swallow food?
What are your top tips on starting weaning?
What is the best practice when introducing finger foods?
Would you recommend baby led weaning?
Is there a connection between speech delay and being born with OA/TOF?
Are feeding issues likely to last my child’s whole life or do things tend to get easier with age/growth?
Do we have to accept that stickies will always be an issue for babies born with OA/TOF?