Are you worried about your baby or young child?
We can help!
Paediatric feeding Speech Language Therapists (SLT’s) specialise in looking at the parts of your baby’s mouth and throat, as well as watching them eat, and giving techniques and advice to solve feeding problems. SLTs are professionally trained in assessing safety of swallow, (making sure food and drink doesn’t go down the wrong way into the lungs) and oro-motor function (looking at how the muscles of the mouth and throat work together to eat and drink).
We can recommend various techniques to help your baby feed better (breast or bottle), as well as recommend specialist equipment such as bottles and bottle teats. We also provide feeding therapy, in conjunction with an Occupational Therapist, for older children with food refusals and limited diets.
And we work alongside public services at Palmerston North Hospital (such as paediatricians, dietitians, lactation consultants, or other allied health members) and other private practitioners, to provide a wrap-around service.