Management: Oral Feeding

Consideration of the cyclical nature of pediatric feeding care continues in the planning and implementation of interventions to address issues identified through eating, feeding and swallowing assessment, diagnosis, and goal setting. Management of pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) includes interventions or actions required to achieve the therapy goals. These goals and their respective outcomes are documented. This is depicted in the Pediatric Feeding Care Cycle (Figure 6). 



This section of the guide includes management considerations related to:

  • medical stability
  • facilitating safe swallowing
  • nutrition management to improve nutritional intake
  • seating and positioning
  • feeding skill development
  • feeding environments and routines
  • sensory processing
  • oral hygiene and dental health
  • surgical management