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Infant in NICU, cannot swallow milk, epiglottis not working. Passed cranial nerve examination. Can be fixed?

My granddaughter 9 days old in NICU can not swallow milk. Her larynx moves up but not forward so therefore the epiglottis does not work. Liquid goes straight to her lungs. She passed the cranial nerve examination the neurologist performed. She has a feeding tube in her nose. Now they want to put it on her belly button and send her home. No hope? But yet no other problems but epiglottis? Can this not be fixed?
Asked On : Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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thanks for your quiry

other diagnosis of abnormal swallowing mechanism should be looked for.
reluctance to feed may be in the differentials
peads surgical consulatations should be taken
she should be managed by multidisciplinary approach,
fluid and electrolyte balance maintaines along with adequate nutrition

hoping she will enjoy good heath
take care
Answered: Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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