This weekend I saw a short documentary on YouTube called "Swallow". This documentary was made to bring light to a condition called dysphagia, which is the medical term for difficulty swallowing, and it can have many causes. Dysphagia is one of the many things that Raya has dealt with in the past. One of the reasons we had to stop her oral feeds at the age of 5 months was because she was not swallowing safely. Instead of the formula going directly down her esophagus, it was pooling over her airway before going down, which can lead to aspiration and pneumonia. Fortunately, she already had a feeding tube at that point and we were able to bypass her having to swallow the formula and reduce the risk of aspiration and upper respiratory infections that can be caused by aspiration.
I am sharing this video with the hope that it will help people to have a better understanding of dysphagia, which is just one of countless possible reasons that a child may need a feeding tube or have difficulty eating.
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