For individuals with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), eating and drinking can range from "a little tricky" to "extremely trying." Mealtimes take longer and can be stressful. But it's vital to make sure that you or the person that you're caring for receives sufficient calories, protein and nutrients each day to avoid malnutrition and dehydration. Texture-modified foods and thickened liquids may be easier to manage.
The 3 common consistencies of thickened liquids are nectar-thick, honey-thick, and pudding-thick. Your doctor or speech therapist should tell you what consistency your liquids should be. As a general rule: