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Dietary suggestions for swallowing difficulties

If you have problems with your swallowing, your speech-language therapist may recommend that you follow a certain diet that will help you to eat and drink safely. If you are struggling to maintain a healthy weight and you have swallowing problems, you may also need to see a dietitian.

Use the following leaflets only with advice from your speech language therapist or dietitian. When you are following a certain diet, such as the smooth puréed diet, don't change to a different diet without first checking with a health professional.

Soft foods diet

Minced and moist diet

Smooth puréed diet

Thickened fluids

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2016.

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Review key: HISWD-121957