The treatment for a feeding and swallowing disorders is dependent on their cause. Treatment typically involves medications, swallowing exercises or surgery. For those whose swallowing issues are caused by GERD, lifestyle changes may prevent acid reflux, which in turn can help reduce swallowing difficulties. These changes include:
- Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods
- Eating smaller and more frequent meals
Those with severe swallowing difficulties may require hospitalization with intravenous feeding to prevent malnutrition and excess weight loss.
Swallowing therapy is also recommended, which requires you to work with a speech-language pathologist.
Your speech-language pathologist will provide you with exercises to help train your muscles to chew and swallow correctly. They will teach you how to sit or hold your head when you eat and provide you with strategies to make you swallow better and safer.
Call Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants at (605) 217-4320 for more information or to schedule an appointment.