Dysphagia is a term that means "difficulty swallowing." It is the inability of food or liquids to pass easily from the mouth, into the throat, and down into the esophagus to the stomach during the process of swallowing.
Children with dysphagia usually have trouble eating enough, leading to inadequate nutrition and failure to gain weight or grow properly.
Symptoms may include: Eating slowly, difficulty sucking and swallowing, gagging during feeding, feeling that food or liquids are sticking in the throat or esophagus, arching or stiffening of the body during feeding, congestion in the chest after eating or drinking, Coughing or choking when eating or drinking (or very soon afterward), spitting up or vomiting frequently, irritability or lack of alertness during feedings, Weight loss
Symptoms of dysphagia may resemble other conditions or medical problems.