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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Aspiration

Key Points about Aspiration

  • Aspiration is when something enters the airway or lungs by accident. It may be food, liquid or some other material. This can cause serious health problems, such as pneumonia. Aspiration can happen when a child has trouble swallowing normally. This is known as dysphagia.
  • Your child might have aspiration caused by problems with growth, development or certain health conditions.
  • Your child may have a signs such as breathing problems and a wet-sounding voice after meals.
  • Some children with aspiration don’t have any signs or symptoms. This is known as silent aspiration.
  • If your child has any symptoms of aspiration, he or she needs to be checked and treated right away.
  • Aspiration may be treated by addressing the cause of dysphagia. It can also be managed with methods to help your child feed better.
  • What is aspiration?
  • What causes aspiration in children?
  • What are the symptoms of aspiration in children?
  • How is aspiration in children diagnosed?
  • How is aspiration in children treated?
  • What are possible complications of aspiration in children?
  • When should I call my child's health care provider?