Key Points about Dysphagia in Children
- Dysphagia means trouble swallowing. This condition can be long-term or it can come on suddenly.
- If your child suddenly has trouble swallowing, get medical help right away.
- Long-term (chronic) dysphagia may be caused by an underlying health problem.
- Treatment for dysphagia depends on the cause of the condition.
- Your child’s care team may include a nutritionist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychologist, gastroenterologist, allergist, and an ear, nose and throat doctor.
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Gastrointestinal Motility Treatment at Children's National Hospital
Children’s National is one of the few pediatric centers in the country to offer specialized care for motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders impacting your child’s digestive tract. Discover more about the treatment we offer.
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Providers Who Treat Dysphagia
Departments that Treat Dysphagia
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.
Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic
Our Aerodigestive Clinic provide specialized care for children with airway problems and feeding disorders.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.