Chewing and swallowing difficulties

I received my bachelor’s in biologyfrom California State University of Pomona and my Occupational Therapy degreefrom Loma Linda University.

Food Aversion

Food aversion is when a baby or child will repeatedly refuse or ‘avert’ food which is given to them, despite the baby or child being physically capable and safely adequate to feed.

G-tube to oral feeding Transition

Physiologically stable preterm infants, are generally transitioned from tube feeding to oral feeding at 32–34 weeks gestational age.

Self-Feeding and Utensil Use

Babies can dip the Chewtensils into food, then practice the motion of self-feeding. The fork and spoon are textured silicone, so they’re easy-to-grip, yet soft

Inconsistent Intake/Volume of Food

Worried you’re not feeding your baby enough? How much babies eat depend on how old they are and growth rate.

Difficulty With Weight Gain

This could be because the mother isn’t making enough milk, the baby can’t get enough milk out of the breast, or the baby has a medical problem.

Helping families create mealtime routines

A regular time to meet each day and talk with each other about thoughts and feelings. An opportunity to learn how to ask and respond to questions.

Bottle to Cup/Straw Drinking

Drinking from a straw encourages your child to develop that more advanced way of sucking and swallowing.

Limited foods in diet

Foods with added sugars, low-calorie sweeteners, or no-calorie sweeteners are not recommended. Foods with added sugars can include muffins, flavored yogurts,

Texture Progression

Start with smooth purees, then mashed foods, progressing to minced and chopped foods and soft finger foods as baby develops eating and chewing skills.

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