June is National Dysphagia Awareness Month, and to support caregivers and those with swallowing disorders, speech language pathologist, Jennifer Baquet, MA, CCC-SLP, recently demonstrated creative and delicious recipes to stay hydrated — like popsicles and a margarita—especially during the hot summer months.
Around 18 million Americans suffer from dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, which can make every meal and sip of water feel like drowning as the disorder makes swallowing difficult. The main risk is aspirating, or inhaling food/liquid into the airway and lungs, which then can cause pneumonia. These individuals must rely on thickened liquids, but options are limited and often unappealing. As a result, more than 200,000 short-term hospital stay patients with dysphagia are discharged with dehydration each year.
Interview provided by Thick-IT.