Assessment is the foundation for intervention of every care plan. Assessment and re-assessment of feeding or swallowing difficulties includes working through the assessment questions, considering each of the health domains (Goday, et al., 2019), identifying where there may be dysfunction, and documenting. This is depicted in the Pediatric Feeding Care Cycle (Figure 4). 

This section of the guide includes assessment considerations related to:

  • feeding and swallowing assessments
  • oral hygiene and dental care
  • lingual frenulum function