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Foods – drinks not safe for children on thickened fluids fact sheet

Dysphagia safety – foods and drinks that are not safe for children on thickened fluids

If your child requires thickened fluids, the following foods and drinks must be avoided because there is a risk that they could ‘go down the wrong way’ and into your child’s lungs (aspiration).

thin fluids ice cream soup yoghurt Mixed consistency foods Jelly Juicy fruits

This is intended as a guide only. Please follow recommendations made by your child’s speech pathologist.

Contact us

Speech Pathology Department (7a)
Level 7, Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane 4101
t: 07 3068 2375

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource No: FS325. Developed by the Speech Pathology Department, Queensland Children’s Hospital. Updated: July 2018. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.

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