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My toddler seems to choke and gag on food a lot. Could he have a swallowing disorder or possibly putting too much good in his mouth?

My toddler seems to choke and gag on food a lot. Could he have a swallowing disorder or possibly putting too much good in his mouth?

Both: Toddlers seem to learn over time the speed and amount of food they can swallow at one time, some easier than others.This is more frequent if they are multitasking while feeding. If it happens with most meals and textures, a fluoroscopic study with the guidance of an occupational therapist can define disordered swallowing. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can taking antacids help in reducing symptoms of swallowing disorders?

Can taking antacids help in reducing symptoms of swallowing disorders?

Possibly: Antacids may reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. One of the disorders of swallowing includes reflux esophagitis (heartburn). Therefore, if you take antacids, you may reduce these symptoms. If you have difficulty swallowing, though, several other causes may be identified with correct evaluation by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How are swallowing disorders evaluated?

How are swallowing disorders evaluated?

Gastroenterologist: Swallowing disorders may involve the muscles of the swallowing mechanism itself and/or the muscles of the esophagus (swallowing tube). The former are usually evaluated by professionals called speech pathologists. The latter by gastroenterologists, including measurements of the swallowing muscles called manometry. ...Read more

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How common are swallowing disorders in the us?

Frequent: Disorders causing swallowing disorders are strokes, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, parkinson's disease, amyotropic lateral sclerosis, cerebral palsy and huntington's disease. Please consult your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How to cure swallowing disorders; what sort of therapist?

How to cure swallowing disorders; what sort of therapist?

Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist can help you figure out why you are having a swallowing disorder, and can suggest treatments to fix it. ...Read more

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I can get prescriptions for medications that can improve my swallowing disorders?

For some: Certain swallowing disorders, due primarily to malfunction of esophageal motility, such as diabetic "gastroparesis" can be treated with certain drugs, such as Reglan (metoclopramide). Disorders involving brainstem or brain dysfunction usually require modification of food and feeding technique, not drugs. Parkinson patients get a double hit-both central & peripheral mechanisms are at work. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer cause swallowing disorders?

Can esophageal cancer cause swallowing disorders?

Yes: The major disorder is the inability to swallow food or liquid comfortably. Esophageal cancer is generally circumferential, like a doughnut. The hole or the lumen becomes smaller as the cancer grows, making it difficult for food and then liquid to pass through. This is called dysphagia. It can be treated with radiation, placing a stent or surgery with removal and replacement of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Swallowing disorders (can only swallow small chunks, slow pace, while concentrating), past 3 weeks. Very allergic (gras, more). Connection? Treatment?

Swallowing disorders (can only swallow small chunks, slow pace, while concentrating), past 3 weeks. Very allergic (gras, more). Connection? Treatment?

Dysphagia: We have no information about your medical health, medications, social habits or age to provide you with a relevant answer. What you describe may be related to swelling in your throat that is caused by allergies. You may also be experiencing nasal congestion, runny eyes and nose, itching, sneezing etc. Try antihistamine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and lots of water. You may also have infection and need to be seen. ...Read more

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I can see and feel my Epiglottis, no pain, slight difficulty swallowing but then again my mouth has been dry. Cause for concern?

Epiglottis: It is common to see the epiglottis in children. With normal growth, the larynx and epiglottis descends lower into the throat. It is much less common to see it in an adult, but it is possible you could see it. If you are getting sick with progressive sore throat, difficulty swallowing and breathing, you need to go to ED ASAP. ...Read more

Dr. Simion Zinreich
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Dandy Walker Syndrome (Definition)

Dandy-Walker syndrome is a malformation of the base of the brain which blocks the normal flow of the fluid surrounding the brain. Symptoms include movement problems and seizures, and ...Read more


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Swallowing Disorder (Definition)

Swallowing disorders are conditions where it is difficult for a person to move food or water from their mouth, through their esophagus, ...Read more