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Dysphagia - Part V

Tips for safely managing dysphagia at home

Avoid using straws

Depending on your older adult’s condition, a speech pathologist may explain to you that it’s generally not a good idea for dysphagia patients to use straws. For someone who has trouble drinking, using a straw may seem like a helpful aid, but straws are more likely to increase flow rate of liquids in the mouth. That makes it more difficult for weakened muscles to get the liquid down ‘the right pipe’ – which may lead to choking or aspiration.

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