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Safe eating & drinking

People who have difficulty with their swallowing can be at risk of inhaling food and drink into their airways. There are things you can do to help to make eating and drinking safer.

If you are caring for someone with cognitive problems caused by stroke or brain injury, see Easy eating with cognitive problems.

General strategies

Swallowing food

Swallowing drinks

Specific strategies for you

There may be some specific strategies that are particularly helpful for you. Ask your speech-language therapist which of the following are the most important, then follow them every time you have something to eat or drink.

Ask if you can do anything else to make eating and drinking easier.

You may also want to access private specialist help.

Written by speech-language therapists, Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2016.


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Review key: HISWD-121957