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Thickening Liquids and Pureeing Foods

Thickeners
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Pureeing Food

It is difficult to give exact directions for pureeing food for children who have difficulty swallowing as their needs will vary with their abilties. It is easy to use a food processor or blender to puree almost any food, adding liquids as necessary to achieve the right texture for your child. If you are trying to increase calories for your child, use milk instead of water or juice when you do add liquid. Food can be made and blended, then frozen in small containers for convenience, either in small plastic single serving size containers or ice cube trays. There are also many table foods that can be served without much modification, including mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and yogurt. If you are traveling, these items can often be found easily in hotels and restaurants, but try to provide calories balanced between vegetables and fruits, meat and dairy and carbohydrates. Small portable blenders are available in many cooking stores to make traveling easier with a child with swallowing difficulties. Single serving oatmeal packs, applesauce in individual containers, and single serving yogurts can also be helpful on trips. In some hotels and cruise ships, staff will mash foods for your child in the kitchen if this is requested.

Resources

Information & Support

For Professionals

Information about the dysphagia diet
An excellent site by therapists working with dysphagia including many dietary options.

For Parents and Patients

Thick and Easy thickener
Another popular thickener.

Thick It thickener
Powdered tasteless thickener. Can vary amount to be used easily.

Simply Thick thickener
Thickener for liquids and foods that comes in individual packets as packets for larger amounts. In gel form. Easy to use and tasteless.

Information about the dysphagia diet
An excellent site by therapists working with dysphagia including many dietary options.

Authors

Author: Lynne M Kerr, MD, PhD - 12/2013
Content Last Updated: 5/2011