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i'm really worried about this. my five yr. old son seems to have a really hard time swallowing his food. sometimes he'll get a panicky look and drink water to help the food go down. he doesn't take huge bites or eat very fast, so it's not that. it's been happening for a very long time, but only occasionally, and, since he's a really sensitive guy, i always thought it was just anxiety that he'd outgrow. a friend told me it could be what chinese medecine refers to as plum pit syndrome. it's gotten much worse in the past week or so, and i'm calling our doctor first thing tomorrow morning, but has anyone had this experience? what does this sound like?
 

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Getting worse is concerning though if he's scared or conscious of it (say because he had a problem recently) that could make it appear worse.<br><br>
Sometimes kids with dyspraxia/apraxia have issues coordinating motor movements to swallow well. Any other motor mouth issues with speaking or nursing? But that wouldn't get worse. Are there any other changes you've noticed?<br><br>
When my son began struggling with swallowing he was having a metabolic crisis and losing muscle tone. But this was far from our first sign something was wrong--which is why I ask if there are any other issues?<br><br>
What you are describing is called dysphagia and there are lots of causes. <a href="http://www.lpch.org/DiseaseHealthInfo/HealthLibrary/digest/dysphagi.html" target="_blank">http://www.lpch.org/DiseaseHealthInf.../dysphagi.html</a>
 

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Does he have a split uvula? (Thingie in the back of the throat). If so, he could have a cleft palate (which doesn't always manifest itself on the outside.) That would cause difficulty processing food, and surgery could correct it. This is rare, but I just thought I'd throw it out there.
 

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I've never been comfortable eating much of anything without water. I think some people have less saliva. I see my dh wolf down a pbj dry and it makes me squirm.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
All the same, if it's getting worse it's best to get it checked out.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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thanks for your responses. he doesn't have any other physical issues that are unusual. the fact that it's getting worse could have something to do with his mood the last week or so, especially if this is psychological in nature. then again, maybe he's been moody because something's wrong. i was looking online about plum pit syndrome and western medicine's take on this and they have another name for it and say it can be caused by acid reflux. i don't think he has that but i guess i could've missed it. one weird thing is that i remember when he was a baby, maybe a year or so old, and my sister noticed he seemed to have to make a little effort to swallow. she made a big deal out of it and i said there wasn't anything wrong--- it was just my gut feeling, kwim? and now, here we are. i feel like an idiot and more than a little guilty. i'm still hoping it's nothing, then again, if the poor guy is just stressed out, then that's pretty awful too!
 

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You mention that he is a sensitive kid. Does he have any anxiety or obsessive/compulsive tendencies? I'm wondering because I have a 7 year old sensitive kid with OCD and over the years, he has displayed a variety of symptoms and complained of various discomforts that have seemed physical in nature. Upon pursuing them, they have been determined to be anxiety-related. Since my son has transient tics as well as severe anxiety, it makes a lot of sense for him. So I am wondering if your son is at all the same. Does the swallowing thing ever go away for a little while and then come back, or has it been really consistent?
 
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