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Old 07-07-2009, 06:15 PM   #1
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Would I know if my son were aspirating?

He is almost a year old. He has floppy throat and asthma. They did a test to check for reflux which came back negative. So here is my question...
He has this weird light cough and he chokes on his bottles when he first starts to drink them. He never chokes on food or spits anything back up. He eats puffs and baby food everyday. As of right now, he is developmentally right on and doing great. He is also at 27 pounds (far from under-weight). He just graduated from physical therapy (torticolis and tucked thumbs).
Am I over-reacting? If he were aspirating wouldn't he be doing so with food and not just bottles?

I wanted to add that the pulmonologist only asked me if he spits up, which he doesn't. Once I told him that he doesn't spit up, he said doesn't think he is aspirating.

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Anybody know about this?
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not necessarily. Kenzie aspirated on her formula and we had no idea until she was admitted to the hospital
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not necessarily. Kenzie aspirated on her formula and we had no idea until she was admitted to the hospital
Why was she admitted to the hospital? It has never been that severe. He just chokes for a few seconds and then is fine....
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He said my son didn't need a swallow study because he keeps down food and eats like a champ. Should I ask anyway?
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I also just noticed that we use both 1 and 2 Avent nipples. I just gave him the super slow flow and no coughing. Could this be it? An almost 1 year old liking a slow flow nipple?
Maybe the 2 is choking him.
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Dd1 was on a slow flow/1 until she was 9 months. Some babies just like it slow!
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Dd1 was on a slow flow/1 until she was 9 months. Some babies just like it slow!
It seems simple enough. We have just been through so many what ifs in the last year...I don't know what is a "sign" and what could be "normal".
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Why was she admitted to the hospital? It has never been that severe. He just chokes for a few seconds and then is fine....

She had a fever and they thought she had pnuemoia initially. After looking more into it and more tests they determined she aspirated on her formula.
If he does better on a slower flow nipple then just use it. There is no "rule" saying kids at a certain age have to use a certain flow nipple
If you are really concerned of course it would never hurt to talk to your pedi. about it. He may be able to give you some "sounder" advice to ease your concerns some
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Matthew had his one year visit today. He said he sees no reason to have a swallow study done.He said a light occasional cough and occasional choking with a bottle that only lasts a few seconds aren't strong enough signs. Matthew does well with food and he said children with a real problem exhibit more signs than Matthew. He told me to take a deep breath and relax. lol
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