Top tips - Staying hydrated when you have swallowing problems

Keeping hydrated is essential, but can often be more difficult for people with dysphagia

Part of our Top Tips series for Dysphagia management

Hydration is vital to maintaining healthy body functions. If you are living with dysphagia, keeping adequate hydration may prove to be challenging. It is important that you take enough thickened fluids every day

  • Aim for 8 cups every day
  • Sip fluids throughout the day
  • Keep fluids by your bedside
  • Try to have both hot and cold drinks
  • Try to Include a variety of sweet and savoury options
  • Try to have fizzy and carbonated drinks as well

If you are having difficulty managing enough fluid please speak to your healthcare professional.