Pediatric feeding and swallowing rehabilitation: An overview
SourceJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 10, 2, (2017), pp. 95-105
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
SubjectRadboudumc 3: Disorders of movement DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Children with neurological disabilities frequently have problems with feeding and swallowing. Such problems have a significant impact on the health and well-being of these children and their families. The primary aims in the rehabilitation of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders are focused on supporting growth, nutrition and hydration, the development of feeding activities, and ensuring safe swallowing with the aim of preventing choking and aspiration pneumonia. Pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders can be divided into four groups: transient, developmental, chronic or progressive.This article provides an overview of the available literature about the rehabilitation of feeding and swallowing disorders in infants and children. Principles of motor control, motor learning and neuroplasticity are discussed for the four groups of children with feeding and swallowing disorders.
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