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food temperature?

  1. 0 How Celcius degree should be served food, to a patient with swallowing problems.
    Last edit by fitore on Jan 16, '13
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  3. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    usually room temperature ...."ready to eat".....they will choke on hot foods.
    Pured Foods for Swallowing Problems - EDIS -
  4. Visit  nurseprnRN profile page
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    However, there are two things that make the swallowing reflex work better.

    Taste: a sharp taste stimulates the reflex better than a bland one; orange juice better than milk

    Temperature: room-temperature is the least stimulating temperature. Cold (ice cream, sherbet, iced drinks) or hot (not hot enough to burn) will work better.

  5. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    GrTea you know I love ya...LOL.......All sources recommend room slightly above or below room temperature foods for they can't manipulate the hot/cold food around in their mouth and in their attempt to move the food they aspirate.....or if there is decreased sensation the danger is burning/scalding the oral cavity/mucous membranes.

    http://www.nursingtimes.net/feeding-...201029.article
    http://www.brainline.org/content/201...y_pageall.html
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 17, '13
  6. Visit  nurseprnRN profile page
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    All the speech-language pathology folks recommend stimulating the swallow reflex as many ways as is safely possible. We may be saying the same things in different ways.
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    LOL....I'm sure we are......
  8. Visit  fitore profile page
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    Quote from Esme12
    usually room temperature ...."ready to eat".....they will choke on hot foods.
    Pured Foods for Swallowing Problems - EDIS -
    Thanks I wasn't sure for that but now I am after your help
  9. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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