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Feeding someone who can't swallow 
Started by heather_23
17 Dec 2008, 9:15 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions for things to help with thirst when someone is unable to swallow due to thrush and disease. Person is unable to eat .She is looking for any suggestions.
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Reply by jc
18 Dec 2009, 6:48 PM

My father also has issues swallowing food or fluids. My mother, his caregiver, gives him cold water and yogurt using a big syringe. This seems to help somewhat.
Hope this helps you
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Reply by 509dannyboy
30 May 2012, 11:10 AM

My father also has that problem,just like in the hospital i use ice chips for thirst and i use a food processor to make smoothies.He loves them and he says it soothes his throat.Hope these help JC best of luck.
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Reply by NatR
01 Jun 2012, 9:46 PM

Hi 509dannyboy,

Just replying to your post - those are all great ideas on getting fluids in and relieving thirst for your dad!  I also noted that your dad lives at a distance from you. 

Like you I have a parent at a distance - and we have a discussion going on in "long distance caregiving" in Just Want to Talk.
Maybe you would like to join in - as we are all dealing with similar challenges!

Hope that you have a good evening
Best wishes
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