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Drinking with Dysphagia

Once diagnosed with dysphagia your Speech & Language Therapist may advise you to change the consistencies of your food and drink to make swallowing safer. Thickened drinks and softer food may be safer to swallow because they are easier to control in your mouth; they also move more slowly down the throat, allowing your muscles time to protect your airway.

Your Speech & Language Therapist may advise on specific manoeuvres, and techniques. They may also give advice on positioning, posture and specific adapted equipment to help (dysphagia spoons, cups that limit volume of fluids to swallow at a time).

They may also recommend exercises for you to do to help strengthen the muscles in your mouth used for chewing, biting and swallowing your food.

A thickening powder, such as, Resource® ThickenUp™ Clear, may be recommended by your Speech & Language Therapist. This will thicken your drinks to a safe consistency for swallowing - your Speech & Language Therapist will advise you on which consistency you should have



drinking stages of Dysphagia

What is Resource® ThickenUp™ Clear?

Resource® ThickenUp™ Clear is a powder that when mixed with your drink thickens within minutes giving you a safe drink to swallow. Resource® ThickenUp™ Clear does not change the taste, smell, or look of your drink ensuring you can still enjoy your favourite beverage. It can be mixed with hot, cold, fizzy and still drinks.

Normal Swallowing Process