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Pediatric Aspiration

Key points about aspiration

  • Aspiration is when something enters the airway or lungs by accident. It may be food, liquid or some other material. This can cause serious health problems, such as pneumonia. Aspiration can happen when a child has trouble swallowing normally. This is known as dysphagia.
  • Your child might have aspiration caused by problems with growth, development or certain health conditions.
  • Your child may have a signs such as breathing problems and a wet-sounding voice after meals.
  • Some children with aspiration don’t have any signs or symptoms. This is known as silent aspiration.
  • If your child has any symptoms of aspiration, he or she needs to be checked and treated right away.
  • Aspiration may be treated by addressing the cause of dysphagia. It can also be managed with methods to help your child feed better.


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Providers Who Treat Aspiration

    Departments that Treat Aspiration

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    Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic

    Our Aerodigestive Clinic provide specialized care for children with airway problems and feeding disorders.

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    Comprehensive Motility Program

    The Motility Program works to help treat a number of motility issues impacting your child's digestive tract, including abdominal pain, aspirating, constipation and incontinence. Learn more about our Comprehensive Motility Program.