Care at Home Services Oklahoma: Swallowing Tips for Dysphagia

  • Health Care Tips   •   2015

Eating should be an enjoyable affair. But for an individual with Parkinson’s disease (PD), trying to swallow with dysfunctional muscles presents a minefield of difficulties.

Below are some tips to manage swallowing difficulties especially for Parkinson’s individuals:

  • keep the environment free of distractions and do not talk while eating
  • sit upright, head tilted forward, and stay upright for 30 minutes after eating
  • cut food into small pieces only put 1/2 teaspoon in your mouth, chew very slowly
  • concentrate on swallowing and swallow each bite 2 or 3 times
  • if you choke, cough gently and swallow again before taking a breath
  • exercise face and jaw muscles when possible, sing out loud, exaggerate chewing

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