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What are some ways to avoid aspiration when you swallow?

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Try these tips to avoid aspiration when you swallow:

  • Eat only when you're alert and relaxed.
  • Eat smaller meals, and eat more often.
  • Add moisture, like sauce, to dry food.
  • Always swallow before you take another bite.
  • Avoid foods that stick together.
  • Don't talk while you eat or drink.

SOURCES:

American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: "Common Questions."

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: "Aspiration in Babies and Children," "Aspiration from Dysphagia."

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: "What You Need to Know about Choking and Aspiration."

Cleveland Clinic: "Swallowing Disorders."

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: "Dysphagia and Aspiration."

Missouri Department of Mental Health: "Healthy Living: Observe," "Health Bulletin: Signs of Aspiration & Aspiration Pneumonia."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 21, 2020

SOURCES:

American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: "Common Questions."

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: "Aspiration in Babies and Children," "Aspiration from Dysphagia."

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: "What You Need to Know about Choking and Aspiration."

Cleveland Clinic: "Swallowing Disorders."

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: "Dysphagia and Aspiration."

Missouri Department of Mental Health: "Healthy Living: Observe," "Health Bulletin: Signs of Aspiration & Aspiration Pneumonia."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 21, 2020

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