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Using a straw to drink from?

Swallowing problems

  1. Hi jordansullivan91, Thank you for asking this question. Straws may or may not be appropriate for Parkinson's individuals. Straws propel fluids into the back of the mouth very quickly. People may lose control of the liquid resulting in aspiration, sometimes developing aspiration pneumonia. Furthermore, more swallowing difficulties can be triggered when the swallow reflex is triggered. Consequently, it is recommended that one makes an appointment with a Speech Pathologist for a personal dysphagia evaluation, treatment and recommendations for a safe and appropriate diet consistency. However, if a person has difficulty moving liquids from the front of the mouth to the back of the mouth, then possibly a straw may be appropriate on the advice of a Speech Pathologist. Be careful.

    Marc Mitnick, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Pathologist, Moderator/Activist ParkinsonsDisease.Net

    1. As mentioned a straw can cause serious issues. After my swallowing tests I was advised not to use a straw as it caused me to swallow too much liquid too quickly. I need to sip slowly and as I am about to swallow I tuck my chin down to my neck which keeps the food or medications from going down the wrong way. Hope this helps.
      Thea DeStephano Community Team Member

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