Commercial Thickening Agents
The choking that comes from dysphagia that develops in the later stages of many
neuro-logical disease and other dementia is one of the most frightening and difficult symptoms of the disease to deal
with. It is frightening not only for the patient, but also for the caregiver involved. Frequently this is the condition that
results in the home caregiver giving up and transferring the patient to a Nursing Home.
that have been thickened help swallowing impaired patients by converting the food or liquid to a consistency ranging from
a heavy syrup to mashed potato or pudding. The food becomes dense and cohesive, which eliminates the problem of thin pureed
food or drink running down the throat and into the lungs. See 5 Levels Difficulty In Swallowing
using any food thickeners, please consult with your physician and/or speech pathologist. A swallowing study may be warranted,
covered by Medicare, and identify the appropriate thickener. Below are a few of the products offered commercially.
Typically, you can ask your local Pharmacist about the commercial Food Thickners they can purchase for you by the case.
Buying by the case is usually cheaper then buying one can at a time.
Disclaimer: The webmaster does not endorse any
of these products personally. We did use ThickIt for several years in helping my daughter with her swallowing problems
but just about any commercial thickner recommended by your physician should work.