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Jun 17, 2009
mommy2k
Soft tissue xray (off topic?)
My ped just ordered a soft tissue x-ray for Kody because he has been stridoring since Friday. He's not in any respiratory distress right now but they want to make sure that he doesn't have anything in his throat causing it. Has anyone had this done before and what exactly are they looking for? I'm not sure what to think of what's going on with my little guy and it's so scary. My hubby had pushed for something to be done so I'm not even sure that it's something that the ped would've even ordered if we hadn't pushed. Kody currently has a fever and explosive diarrhea along with stomach cramps and gas. The gi hasn't called us back yet and I'll be surprised if we get a phone call even today with how busy he is. Also (sorry so many things) the ped said that it might be a good idea to get an ot out here to evaluate him on swallowing and eating. My hubby and I are in disagreement about it. He doesn't think he needs that and hasn't had a problem with eating until recently. I think it wouldn't hurt to have an evaluation done. He hasn't really had too many feeding problems just when he's eating solids. Lately he's been having a realy hard time swallowing the solids. He goes off and on about the swallowing issue. I've posted in the past about his swallowing problems but it's not all the time. We can't figure it out. So many things unanswered for us and it seems like a long road of testing for us. I hate to put him through that but I'm getting more concerned about him. Plus he's always been a big eater and for him to not eat very well for the last couple weeks is a big red flag for us. Thanks everyone!!
Jun 17, 2009
mommato3
Hey Mommy2K! What exactly does he do when he swallows? Does he gag or choke or make a funny sound? Also, I don't know about a soft tissue x-ray. I don't want to scare you but kids can aspirate and stilll have their chest sound clear. Holden did this about two weeks ago. He was having some stridor and coughing after a week of choking on his reflux. I took him in and pedi said right lobe may sound a little raspy. Gave me some meds to help dry things up. Took him in the next day and pedi said he sounded clear. Next day he broke out a fever and was still stridoring so they put him on an antibiotic that had some antiinflammatory agent in it to help calm down the bronchials and it worked. Holden also sounded clear and then his bronch showed some aspiration. Now being a reflux mom I am always thinking aspiration and thinking the worse so I don't want to scare you.
Jun 17, 2009
mommato3
Also, it wouldn't hurt to let an occupational therapist look at him. It may just make you feel better. I think he may just be in pain still and he's getting bigger now to protest. Holden's swallow has seemed to change in the last 2 months as well. His last swallow study (1st was normal) showed dysphangia of the pharangeal phase which they told me meant he would pocket his formula and food under his tongue until he had to swallow so basically getting it from the mouth to the back of the throat was the problem. They told me that had developed that as a result of his aversion. Read the post that vigilant mom posted a couple od days ago "Jedd's mommy" I wrote on that some of the things Holden's therapist was having us do. So when Holden began having problems a couple oof weeks ago with solids we did this: Before I fed him I would use the empty spoon and tap all around his lips, etc. and let him play with it. Then I would just dip the spoon into the solid. I may work myself into a tiny lit bite and graduate from there. Basically we were desensitizing him. If he gagged I just pushed his little chin up and it stopped it When he would take a bite,I would say "Yay, Holden!" and basically act like a fool. Ha! That got his mind off what he was doing (swallowing the solid) and gave him some reinforcement as well. So basically we just started from scratch with the solids. Now a couple of weeks later he is taking them really well. The minute he seems to act agitated we stop though. She told me to respect "no" to solids. They are still so young that we don't want to make them averse to solids or we will be in trouble. I was wanting to push solids b/che takes the bottle so horribly that I was stressed out and stressing him out about it and it was backfiring. The most important thing about solids at this age is the sensory stuff. The maroon spoons we use are the bomb for spoon feeding though. You wouldn't believe the difference they make in his solid intake and the way he swallows it, etc. Our therapist comes over tomorrow so I can ask her where they can be ordered. Even my next door neighbor's little girl breastfed well but didn't takesolids well and her therapist gave her some of these spoons and she swears by them as well.Let us know about the x-ray!! You're a great momma!
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