Aspiration means that the while your baby is swallowing his /her feed or food ir accidently enters the airways causing choking, regurgitation, feeding difficulty and other symptoms which may be mild or severe.
When does one suspect aspiration?
Symptoms of aspiration are usually related to feeding times such as:
Aspiration is usually associated with a difficulty in swallowing. It could be either: Oropharyngeal and Esophageal.
1: Oropharyngeal dysphagia
This occurs when the child has difficulty swallowing due to problems related to mouth, palate, tongue, , larynx, or the esophageal muscle. The underlying cause could be genetic diseases, developmental issues, neurologic conditions, or anatomical anomalies. Preterm babies or those who have undergone surgery are at a higher risk to develop this condition.
This occurs when there is a delay or incomplete passage of food into the stomach due to inflammation related to neurological or muscular causes or as a post - surgical complication.
In case your pediatrician or pediatric pulmonologist suspects this condition, the following tests may be advised: