Tips for Correcting Tube-Fed Oral Aversion

Most children with feeding tubes develop oral aversions, according to Feeding Tube Awareness.

An oral aversion is a term used by medical professionals to describe the reluctance, avoidance, or fear of eating, drinking or accepting sensation in and/or around the mouth. Oral aversions are particularly prevalent among children who have been tube-fed since birth, as they often display discomfort with eating orally, brushing their teeth and related activities.

Why do oral aversions develop? Some children may stop eating due to medical issues – reflux, food allergies, aspiration and more. Once a feeding tube is introduced, there already may be oral aversions, as well as nutritional issues.

A therapist can utilize several means to tackle and address oral aversions. Feeding Tube Awareness’ resource page, Addressing Oral Aversions, provides tips from specialized therapists – everything from using special drinking cups to practicing other forms of sensory stimulation.

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