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IDDSI Levels 0-4 Drinks

IDDSI Levels 0-4 Drinks

IDDSI levels 0-4 set out requirements of thickness for drinks recommendations for people with dysphagia. Thicker drinks flow more slowly and can give greater sensation to aid propulsion through the mouth. Thicker, though, does not mean safer – Clinical recommendations must be followed at all times.

Being well hydrated is so important to all of us to stay healthy and function effectively. Dysphagia can cause many effects that increase the prevalence of dehydration – in fact studies show that 75% of people with dysphagia are dehydrated.

Being offered drinks that are thicker than usual in texture can have profound effects on fluid consumption and increase the risk of dehydration. It may be that drinks that were enjoyed are now unappetising and fluid intake is reduced severely.

However thickened drinks can be delicious, enjoyable and thirst quenching! If usual drinks are no longer appropriate, try other drinks and find the one’s that are enjoyed. All drinks can be thickened, here are some examples:

  • Fruit juices and smoothies
  • Milkshakes
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Hot drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (if appropriate)
  • Soups

Remember tastes change and variety can be a great ally when trying to drink enough fluid throughout the day.

To find out more about swallowing difficulties CLICK HERE and you will find in-depth information on IDDSI; food and drinks for dysphagia diets; and hints, tips and resources.

ORAL Approach

We have developed an approach to making dysphagia diets that is both systematic and simple. ORAL is being used across heath and social care setting in the UK and is ensuring there is better choice and higher quality menus available for patients and residents with dysphagia.

To find how you can learn to use the ORAL approach CLICK HERE for online courses.