Feeding Issues

The feeding plan should be safe, promote growth or weight maintenance without excessive energy expenditure in order to obtain the required calories, and meet the needs of the family. It should reflect their resources in time and skill, and it should address their concerns and expectations. The goals for treatment once feeding and swallowing problems are identified are to prevent aspiration and thereby respiratory compromise; provide adequate calories, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fluid; and educate caregivers regarding nutritional requirements.

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