food temperature?

  1. 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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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Esme12
    usually room temperature ...."ready to eat".....they will choke on hot foods.
    Pured Foods for Swallowing Problems - EDIS -
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    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. by   Esme12
    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. by   nurseprnRN
    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. by   Esme12
    LOL....I'm sure we are......
  8. by   fitore
    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. by   Esme12
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