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Safe eating & drinking with facial weakness or numbness

Te inu me kai haumaru me te ngoikore, te matengurunguru rānei ā-kanohi

Some conditions, such as brain injury and stroke can cause muscle weakness, shortness of breath and fatigue (tiredness). This means it can take longer to eat a meal.

The following tips may help to make eating easier and safer.

Written by speech-language therapists, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Waitaha Canterbury. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2023.


Page reference: 122165

Review key: HISWD-121957