Cerebral Palsy Symptpms: Difficulty Feeding and Drooling

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms: Feeding Difficulty and Drooling

If your child has difficulty feeding soon after birth, it is an indication that something might not be right. Many children born with cerebral palsy as a result of birth injury have oral motor difficulty, which can manifest in many ways. For parents, the inability to feed a child properly can be distressing. Your doctor may help you to assess how best to care for your child, but you may still have many questions about your child’s care.

Feeding difficulty, drooling and seizures are only a few signs of cerebral palsy. If your child is presenting these symptoms, it is your right to get answers. At Campbell, Renaud, our lawyers are here to help you explore all the possibilities and put you in touch with resources in British Columbia that may be able to help. For experienced and compassionate counsel, please contact us today for a free consultation

Kinds Of Oral Motor Difficulty

When a child is a newborn, he or she may have difficulty latching on during breast feeding. In addition, a number of signs indicate feeding problems in children, such as:

  • Refusing food or liquid
  • Failure to accept different textures of food
  • Long feeding times
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Coughing or gagging during meals
  • Excessive drooling
  • Food/liquid coming out of the mouth or nose
  • Difficulty coordinating breathing with eating and drinking
  • Less than normal weight gain or growth

Once a child is diagnosed with feeding problems, doctors can take many steps to ensure a child gets proper nutrition. These treatments will have different effects, both on your life and on the well-being of your child. In some cases, it may be recommended that a child be fed using a feeding tube, and this will have potential positive and negative effects for the child.

Resources To Do The Best For Your Child

Learning that your child may have CP is part of the path towards a positive future for your family. With a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, you can connect with the CP community in the Vancouver Lower Mainland and learn from common experiences.