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Huntington's Disease Caregiving

Warning Signs of Swallowing Problems
What Is A Caregiver?
What Is An HD Caregiver?
Caregiving For A Spouse
Caregivers Bill of Rights
Helping Your Loved One
Your pHD Is Unique!
About Huntington's Disease
HD Articles of Interest
HD Guidebooks
Post Emergency Info
Early/ Early Intermediate Stages
Late Intermediate Stage
Swallowing Diagnostic
Speech & Language in HD
Swallowing Safety in HD
Early Advanced Stage
Swallowing Difficulties~Physician's Guide
Warning Signs of Swallowing Problems
Swallowing, Coughing, Choking & Pneumonia
Swallowing~Giving Medication
A Practical Guide: Nutrition and HD & Resources
Diet & Nutrition in HD
Nutrition and Huntington's Disease
Nutrition Information for the Care Giver
Texture & Consistency/Thining & Thickening Foods
Drinks/Shakes Recipes
Adaptive Equipment-Mealtime Help
Food Thickners
What Is A Feeding Tube?
When To Consider A Feeding Tube
Feeding Tube Decision in HD
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Warning Signs of Swallowing Problems

Any one of these signs could indicate a serious problem with swallowing. Consult your physician or nursing supervisor immediately.

  • Clearing the throat frequently.
  • A voice that sounds wet or "gurgles".
  • Spoken or nonverbal expressions about fear of eating, swallowing, or choking.
  • A delay in swallowing after food has been chewed.
  • Holding food or liquid in the mouth without swallowing it.
  • Exaggerated movements of the jaw, lips, or tongue.
  • Tilling the head back to eat or drink.
  • Swallowing several times on one bite.
  • Food or liquid falling out of the mouth.
  • Food left in the mouth after swallowing it or finishing a meal.
  • Coughing during or after the meal.
  • Fatigue or exhaustion after or during the meal.
  • Significant weight loss over time.