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When a baby is born, one of the first things that parents and health professionals are concerned about is how this new little baby is feeding and growing. For some babies, learning to suck and swallow can be particularly challenging, leaving their mum’s feeling sore, tired and concerned.
There are many reasons that a young baby might have difficulty breastfeeding (or bottle feeding) including:
  • Low muscle tone
  • Reflux
  • Prematurity
  • Sleepiness
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Jaundice
  • Tongue/Lip ties (ankyloglossia)
  • Oral sensitivity
  • Poor sucking coordination
….and the list goes on
A Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is the first person I usually refer these babies to. They are invaluable in assessing and assisting babies to breastfeed if possible or guide mums about alternative feeding methods.
Often children come to see a speech pathologist when their child is having difficulty transitioning to solids at about 6 months of age. They may have resist accepting solids from a spoon, be unable to move the food around their mouth and chew their food (with their gums) or difficulty swallowing food. Often, we see babies gagging on lumpier textures and sometimes vomiting. This is a really challenging time and often leaves parents feeling (understandably) anxious and frustrated.
It is important to find a speech pathologist who can assess the baby’s difficulties and provide strategies to assist the child’s oral feeding skills. With early intervention, we can help babies’ mouths to develop to the best of their ability, resulting in better long-term feeding and communication outcomes.
If you’d like more information or to book an appointment with a Speech Pathologist or Lactation Consultant, please do not hesitate to call the office on 8272 2862.
By Alison Peterson, Speech Pathologist
CategoryHealth Tips
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