The simple ability to consume food is one most of us take for granted. But for some children, getting adequate nourishment is far from simple. Feeding and swallowing problems (dysphagia) are extremely complex and surprisingly common in children. Approximately 25 percent of children admitted to a hospital have some type of growth or feeding problem.
Without appropriate treatment, these disorders can have lasting effects on a child's physical and emotional development. The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a program designed to address these problems and to support optimal growth and development.
The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center brings together an interdisciplinary team of specialists to offer a comprehensive approach to treating feeding and swallowing problems. Center staff members coordinate all aspects of your child's ongoing care with the family. They place special emphasis on educating family members so you can participate fully in your child's treatment.
We offer a full range of therapy and assessment including outpatient clinic services and a day treatment program. Inpatient hospitalization is available for children who require complex medical management. You and your child will move through the continuum of care based on your child's individual needs.