Thicker drinks may be easier for you to swallow than normal drinks. Thicker fluids hold together better and move more slowly, which may make them easier to control and give you more time to swallow. Thicker fluids may be less likely to ‘go down the wrong way’ and enter your windpipe/airway. This is known as aspiration.
Any fluid can be thickened to a nectar thick consistency using “Thick and Easy®” thickening powder. If you are an inpatient atCleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, thickening powder will be provided to you as appropriate. If required after discharge, thickeningpowder can be purchased from your local pharmacy.
If nectar thick fluids have been recommended for you, soups, sauces and any dietary supplements must also be nectar thickconsistency. Foods that become thin fluids in the mouth (such as jelly and ice cream) are not recommended for people whorequire nectar thick fluids.
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