See the Safety page for more information about pregnancy and x-rays. You may want to explain to your child that the barium may change the way the food looks and tastes. Tongue strength is considered to be the main driving force to transfer food and liquid from the mouth to the throat and esophagus. Swallowing difficulties can lead to the person 'pouching' or holding medicines in the mouth. After each teaspoon check for signs of dysphagia. Deep aspiration is more dangerous than shallow aspiration. When aspiration occurs, prompt recognition of problems saves lives and improves quality of life.
Chew foods well before swallowing.
Many medications, including NSAIDs, anti-depressantsanti-histamines, opioids and neuroleptics, can cause a dry mouth. This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.