QUANTITATION OF ORAL-MOTOR FUNCTION IN INFANTS
DESCRIPTION: (Scanned from the Applicant's Description): Hypothesis:
Quantitation of sucking force and oral strength is useful in assessing infant
with prematurity, neuromuscular, or developmental problems.
No methods for this currently exist. We have developed and tested a detachable
chamber containing a sensor with a recorder that quantitates intra-oral
movements and pressures. It is portable and attaches to a regular infant
feeding bottle. We show our device has diagnostic and commercial potential.
Phase I plan: Testing the device in a clinical setting Preliminary trials in 40
normal infants to validate this approach Adding computer-based data acquisition
Refining prototype design Families which intend to bottle-feed will be
recruited at OHSU. Infants will be tested at 0-1 months and again at 4-5
months. Sessions will be supervised by a feeding specialist and videotaped.
Intra-oral pressure will be recorded, and sucking strength analyzed
statistically at both ages and over several time periods. Reproducible patterns
will be sought and compared with the clinical data.
Longer-term objectives include collaboration with universities to develop
normal "orograms" and explore commercialization for routine assessment of oral
dysfunction often associated with neuromuscular or developmental problems, and
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: NOT AVAILABLE
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Neil R. Buist
METABOLIC NUTRITIONALS, INC.
8510 SW WHITE PINE LN PORTLAND, OR 97255
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