All You need to Know about Pediatric Feeding Therapy for Your Little One?
We all love our kids. Because of them, we can enjoy our parenthood, which is possibly one of the greatest gifts of nature. However, we are always alert about our child’s health, especially when they are infants as because they can be susceptible to many diseases, which if not taken care of or treated properly, can create a barrier in their physical development and, at times, it can ruin their future, which we do not want obviously.
As a parent, you might have observed that some children have a disliking towards food. Now, it can be due to various reasons. It might be a dislike in any particular kind of food in general as it happens to all kids, but there are some instances when a child may struggle to intake sufficient food due to some oral or any other problems. Feeding Therapy is a way to take care of these specific issues.
Such treatment helps your kids to not only eat properly but also, lets them know how to eat in a healthier way. With specialties like Hope-AMC, you will get assistance with such treatments for your child whenever needed. Your child may need it every alternate week or once in a month depending upon the circumstances. The time duration is generally half to one hour. The therapist spends considerable time showing your youngster how to eat new foods (if they only eat selective foods) or how to eat, chew, and swallow food (if they have no idea of chewing food).
At Hope-AMC, these therapies are conducted in two ways – in a one-to-one session with a single child or in a group as it can make the session more dynamic and motivating for the kids.
At a very early stage of Pediatric Feeding Therapy, there is an initial session held with parents guiding them on how to generate interest amongst their children to eat. Parents are advised to bring more food so that a kid can be taught to eat solid food and develop a good practice about it. In this session, your child can learn a lot like:
- Skills to drink from a bottle or cup, chewing or eating from a spoon
- How to swallow properly to avoid choking
- Techniques to feed properly
- Position of feeding
- Choosing the ideal containers like bottles, nipples, spoons, cups to feed, etc. and many more.
After your child has learned all these techniques, the therapist from Hope-AMC will advise continuing the practice at your home with parental assistance. It will help your child learn faster.