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Inside the Infant Mouth: Oral Assessment & Function

by Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, CSOM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

In order to identify sucking dysfunction, it's important to first know what normal looks like. Being able to do a thorough oral assessment of an infant is a crucial skill for IBCLCs. The focus of this presentation is to discuss what to look for when performing an oral exam, as well as how to assess oral motor function as it relates to infant sucking skills. Knowing how the anatomy affects an infant's oral-motor skills is crucial to determining the cause of breast/chestfeeding problems and suggesting proper treatment.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the structures of the infant’s orofacial complex that are central to breastfeeding.

2. Describe how the orofacial complex works to facilitate breastfeeding.

3. Differentiate normal sucking from dysfunctional sucking.

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks