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Dysphagia - Part VII

Tips for safely managing dysphagia at home:

Avoid ice cream and jello Ice cream and jello seem like staple desserts for older adults, but when it comes to preventing aspiration with a dysphagia diet, they are out! Why? Both ice cream and jello can melt in the mouth and turn to a thin liquid which when swallowed, may cause aspiration.

For people with dysphagia, it physically takes their tongue and jaw longer to get foods to the back of the throat for swallowing, leaving more time for things like ice cream and jello to melt into a dangerously thin liquid.

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