Children with a tracheostomy often present with swallowing disorders. Assessing the impact the presence of the tracheostomy tube has on swallowing function next to the underlying pathology can be very challenging. This article gives an overview of normal swallowing physiology and development, swallowing difficulties as encountered in various airway pathologies and addresses the mechanism by which the tracheostomy tube impacts swallowing. We discuss methods of investigating swallowing disorders and offer tools for management in everyday practice.
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