1 Year Old Children Have Difficulty Swallowing Food?

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Night, my child aged 1 year still has difficulty swallowing soft food, so if he is fed it must be very smooth again, have gone to the doctor and are advised to have an endoscopy, please advise whether my child should have an endoscopy or wait for my child to grow older? Is it natural for a 1 year old child to still have difficulty swallowing slightly coarse food? There was a record in the past that there was a history of gerd drinking milk, often vomiting, but if he drank milk he had no problem

1 Answer:

Hello, good evening Klara93.

Complaints of a child being unable to swallow soft food (can only swallow finer food) can be caused by several conditions, including:

poor ability to chew food esophagitis (inflammation of the wall of the esophagus). This condition usually occurs together with GERD. Narrowing of the esophagus (esophagus) either due to inflammation that occurs, or due to pressure by other organs around the esophagus, such as the thyroid gland (adenoids), lymph nodes around the neck, etc. Enlarged tonsils (tonsils) or adenoid glands in the throat area Masses in the throat or esophagus and so on

If you have your child checked by a doctor and the doctor recommends an endoscopy, then we recommend that you follow the doctor's advice. The doctor who treats your child certainly knows better about your child's current condition, because he is the one who examines your child directly. The endoscopy procedure itself is the act of inserting a flexible tube through the mouth / nose connected to the monitor, so that the doctor can observe the patient's upper digestive structure from the throat, esophagus, stomach, to the 12 finger intestine. From this examination it can be seen whether there is narrowing of the esophagus, the presence of a mass in the digestive tract, whether the muscle ring in the esophagus is loose (which indicates GERD disease), whether there is an increase in stomach acid into the esophagus, and so on. To perform this procedure your child will usually need general anesthesia. A study states that this action can be performed on children aged at least 1.5 years. However, you should consult your child's doctor again about the time plan for this action, for other considerations so that the endoscopy should be done as soon as possible. If you are still unsure about the decision to do an endoscopy, you are very much allowed to ask for a second opinion (another opinion from an expert) to a pediatrician or other ENT specialist.

I hope this helps.

Greetings, dr. Denisa

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