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 thewrong way’ and enter your windpipe or airway. This is known as aspiration.
Any fluid can be thickened to a pudding thick consistency using “Thick and Easy®” thickening powder. Whilst 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 pudding thick fluids have been recommended for you, remember soups, sauces and any dietary supplements must also bepudding thick consistency. Foods that become thin fluids in the mouth (such as jelly and ice-cream) are not recommended forpeople who require pudding thick fluids.
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