Factors contributing to aspiration in children with chronic illness include oral motor dysfunction, gastroesophageal reflux, sleep apnea, seizures, atelectasis/bronchiectasis, tracheal malacia, restrictive lung disease, airway hyposensitivity, ineffective cough, inadequate seating posture, and scoliosis.
Optimal management of the child includes:
- Minimizing aspiration risk
- Optimizing nutrition
- Immunizing - including influenza and pneumococcal vaccines
- Ensuring good posture support in seating
- Monitoring for scoliosis
- Avoiding active/passive tobacco smoke
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Sleep apnea/obstruction
- Comorbid pulmonary conditions (e.g., asthma, allergies, BPD).
See all Pediatric Gastroenterology services providers (3) in our database.
See all Pediatric Pulmonology services providers (4) in our database.
See all Pediatric Sleep Medicine services providers (3) in our database.
For other services related to this condition, browse our Services categories or search our database.