Warning Signs of Swallowing
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,
- 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.