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Aspiration Precautions

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about aspiration precautions?

Aspiration means that foods or fluids get into your airway. This can lead to trouble breathing or lung infections such as pneumonia. Aspiration precautions are practices that help prevent these problems.

What increases my risk for aspiration?

Any condition that causes trouble swallowing may increase your risk for aspiration. Examples include the following:

What can I do to prevent aspiration?

What do I need to know about nutrition and aspiration?

Your healthcare provider may show you how to thicken liquids or soften foods. Thickened liquids and soft foods are easier to swallow. A registered dietitian can help you plan your meals:

When should I seek care immediately?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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