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Your speech therapist will put you on a special diet to help make swallowing safer and easier. Your diet will change as your swallowing improves. As a general rule, chew thoroughly and don't rush when you eat. This will lower your risk for aspiration pneumonia, which can occur if food or liquid gets into your lungs. This can be very serious. Follow the swallowing guide below. Your speech therapist will check off the boxes that apply to you.
Which side of mouth to use:
None by mouth
Liquid form only
Sit up straight (90 degrees)
Recline ______ degrees
Remain upright ______ minutes after a meal
Turn head left/right
Tuck chin for each swallow
Tuck chin for ___________
2 swallows/double swallow
Alternate liquids and solids
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