Gagging and cerebral palsy

Gagging and cerebral palsy is an issue for some,

given the muscles and reflex involved. I personally don’t have any issue with gagging. But I realize it can make eating a challenge. Does it cause you an issue?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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3 Responses to Gagging and cerebral palsy

  1. I have a poor gag reflex. So if a doctor or dentist makes me open wide and they touch or goes near my uvula (the little tissue like thing that hangs at the back of your throat) I gag and for a few hours thereafter. Also being that I have a gag reflex, doctors say that I aspirate when I eat which sometimes causes the food to go into my lungs, which in turn I get respiratory infections

  2. Crip video says:

    My gag reflex is set off rather easily. When I got fitted for braces for my teeth it caused a problem but normally it does not effect me very much.

  3. Allison says:

    I don’t have constant gag reflex but if I fail to chew completely I will gag sometimes. I also fear that I am going to choke on things. When I have a cold and have lots of congestion I constantly gag with every bite. My caregivers wonder “what’s the matter” and want to help me fix it but there’s not much they can do. Sometimes I feel powerless because I don’t know what to do or how to help myself and I just don’t even want to eat. I feel like “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING, I’M CHEWING MY FOOD!”

    I almost choked on my lunch one day with a caregiver and it scared both of us to death. I was super paranoid about eating after that and so I decided to minimize my talking during meals and have found that this has helped. If I am eating, I will only focus on eating and if I am asked a question I will only nod my head to answer but try to speak during chewing. This has worked for me.

    Thank you!

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