Issue N# 2 - 2008
Treatment of children with feeding disorders
Authors : Breton A, Eyoum I, Fournié-Gardini E, Olives J.-P, Vergeau D, Vignes M. (Toulouse)
Ref. : rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2008;129,2:121-126.
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The treatment of children presenting a refusal of feeding is multidisciplinary. This is why the point of view of various speakers were approached at the time of this round table. The gastroenterologists -pediatrician stressed the importance of the clinical data to support the diagnosis of a possible organic pathology and to evaluate the nutritional state. When the denutrition is proven, it is sometimes necessary to have recourse to an artificial enteral feeding. If this one must be prolonged a gastrostomy is preferred. The psychiatrics pointed out the oropharyngeal psychopathologies related to the various feeding disorders met during the childhood, including anorexia, the type of treatment being specific to each nosologic entity. The parent-child’s observation in interaction is of primary importance for the diagnosis. The speech therapists evoked the importance of the knowledge of the various stages of maturation of the swallowing and the sensory character of this act to understand the bases of rehabilitation. This rehabilitation is long and does not have to neglect relational dynamics.
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