Feeding and Eating
„Könnte man nicht vielmehr sagen, dass der Mund der Übergang von der Außenwelt in die Innenwelt ist? Man atmet, schluckt, spricht, riecht, während man gleichzeitig Lippen, Kinn, Nase, Wangen – kurzum, die untere Gesichtshälfte der Welt darbietet. Könnte man nicht ebenso hervorheben, dass folglich der Mund gleichzeitig Atemmund und Milchmund, Lachmund und Kussmund, Wortmund und Liedmund ist.“Harrus-Revidi, 1998, S. 7
Why food and fluids are so important?
Eating and drinking are basic human needs but we want more than just fullfill our needs, we are looking for experience. Handling and playing food is particularly important for babies and toddlers. By putting something in their mouth, they experience their environment with all their senses: they see, taste, smell and feel their food. Is it warm or cold? sweet or bitter? Is it tasty? Or does it not taste good at all?
Even before we are born, we start to explore our sense of taste: as the fetus grows and thrives in its mother's womb, it drinks amniotic fluid. This shows us what flavors our mother likes and what foods are obviously good for us.
The first taste we experience after we are born is our mother's milk. Breastfeeding creates a deep bond between the child and its mother. Studies show again and again how important this bond is for the healthy development of the child's psyche: After breastfeeding, babies are often more open to interacting with their environment. Breastfeeding also seems to teach infants that sucking calms them down, allowing them to actively control their emotions for the first time in their lives
The acts of breastfeeding, drinking, eating and feeding are important experiences for children and parents alike.
Therefore, we place these experiences at the center of our therapy for early childhood tube dependency, feeding and swallowing disorders. Through our cooperation, we would like to enable you and your child to deal with food in a healthy way - so that you can make these valuable experiences together.