3. Swallow (pharyngeal)
The act of swallowing is a completely involuntary action, but for people with swallowing difficulties this involuntary action may not trigger or work properly to push the food down the food pipe. While swallowing our air way is temporarily sealed off, allowing the food to go to the stomach. In people with swallowing difficulties this may not happen and cause food to enter the lungs instead of the stomach.
4. Oesophageal (Food pipe)
The food passes down the food pipe after swallowing but can sometimes result in reflux or even vomiting in people with swallowing difficulties. How a person is sat when they eat helps with this problem.
Adults can’t swallow and breathe at the same time, which makes eating a very tiring process for a person who is having difficulty swallowing. Often one of the first signs of swallowing difficulties is a change in behaviour at mealtimes, including food refusal and change in appetite. Because of this, people with swallowing difficulties often struggle to eat and drink enough to meet their fluid and nutrition requirements.
Ultimately swallowing difficulties can be very unpleasant and can affect a person’s quality of life. However, obtaining the right types of meals for your condition, such as ready meals from our Shaped Puréed, Soft or Extra Tender ranges, can help in improving the eating experience and enable you or your loved ones to feel good about food again.