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Stroke: Tips for Swallowing

Which Side of Mouth to Use:

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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. Follow the swallowing guide below. Your speech therapist will check off the boxes that apply to you.

Guide for Swallowing

Solids

Solid food

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Image of block Puréed

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Image of block Regular

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Liquids

Liquids

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Image of block Thick

Image of block Thin

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Medications

Medicine

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Image of block Crushed tablet

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Body Posture

Image of block  Sit up straight (90 degrees)

Image of block Recline ______ degrees

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Technique

Image of block  Turn head left/right

Image of block Tuck chin for each swallow

Image of block Tuck chin for ___________

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Online Medical Reviewer: Cobbs, Charles M., M.D.
Online Medical Reviewer: Greenberg, Arnold
Last Review Date: 10/13/2011
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