From left, speech-language pathologist Marie de Stadler talks with Brandon Esser, his son, Hayden Esser, and his wife, Nicole Esser, during a feeding clinic appointment at the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital Therapy Center on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Hayden is beginning to adjust to solid foods, but children with epidermolysis bullosa such as Hayden may have difficulty with rougher foods because the skin inside their mouths is just as sensitive as the skin on the outside of their bodies.

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