Aspiration can occur when there are problems with swallowing and/or in conjunction with gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Aspiration can result from a primary swallowing dysfunction or from lack of coordination between sucking, swallowing, and breathing. Infants with increased respiratory rate may be at increased risk of aspiration.
Respiratory consequences of aspiration can be severe. When aspiration is suspected, families should be promptly referred for further diagnosis and treatment.
So ... what do we do about it?!
We're to work on the pacing of feeds, 3 times a day and no thin liquids - such as water or pedialyte by mouth, and no disolvable solids -- only purees. I'm hoping this won't set us back too long on a g-tube removal party I hope to throw with glee. And to quote the lady who might've seen my disappointment at the news, said, 'hey, it's information and that's a place to start.'