Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The Latest on the Oral Motor Front
We got back from Child Development where Connie once again showed off his progressing oral motor skills. He was able to take about 15ml of cold, apple juice flavored water from the syringe with a preemie nipple on the end. He never sucked the nipple, but would chew it a bit. He swallowed well and didn't keep it all in the back of his throat. Toward the end of 15 minutes, he had a big cough but was able to cough and didn't throw up. We moved on to some applesauce mixed in baby cereal. We just dipped the spoon in the cereal and rubbed it on his lips. He wanted to be the one to move it into his mouth. He did a couple of swallows and was receptive to the texture, but tired of the whole process so we stopped. We have an appointment to do the "swallow study" at St. John's on December 13. They will have him swallow some barium and take an x-ray to see where it's going to make sure he is not aspirating it. That is really the next step before we can move forward with increasing the feedings. At that time, we will know if it will be a matter of weeks or months before he is able to tolerate taking more food. If it looks like it will be months, the g-tube talks will resume, meaning that will likely be the course of action. If it looks like he may be eating a good deal orally by mid-January maybe, then we will just leave the NG tube.
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 3:02 PM