People with Parkinson’s disease may notice changes with swallowing, especially as the disease progresses. Speech-language pathologists evaluate swallowing (in addition to speech and communication skills) and provide treatment and suggestions to facilitate swallowing.
Here is some information you may find helpful.
Basic swallowing suggestions
- Sit upright. Bring the liquid or solid up to mouth; don’t bend your head down to the table.
- Start meals by taking small sip of water to moisten mouth.
- Take smaller bites and small sips.
- Swallow everything in your mouth prior to the next bite or sip.
- Avoid tipping head back when swallowing.
- Alternate swallows of liquids and solids.
- Eat and drink more slowly.
- Swallow again or swallow twice if needed.
- Do not try to talk and swallow at the same time.
- Time your medication to get maximum benefit during meals.
- Keep auditory and visual distractions (such as the radio, TV, conversations, etc.) to a minimum during meals.
- Sit upright for at least 30 minutes after eating to help prevent heartburn/reflux.
- Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush teeth after every meal.