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Swallow Right for the Fourth of July!

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

If your child has feeding or swallowing difficulties, social events and holidays can be stressful. They almost always involve food, and you may not be able to control the food or the environment.

If you have concerns with your child’s feeding or swallowing skills speak to your pediatrician immediately. Then find an Occupational Therapist (OT) or Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who specializes in feeding and/or swallowing.

For information on signs and symptoms of and resources for feeding and swallowing disorders:

If your child has swallowing difficulties, here are some important reminders for your Fourth of July meal!

These recommendations are for families currently under the care of a medical doctor and an OT or SLP. If your child is under the care of an OT or SLP, ALWAYS follow their recommendations.

Quick Tips:

  • Focus on posture. Remind your child to sit upright and point their chin down to reduce the risk of choking or aspirating (inhaling food/liquid into the lungs).

  • Cut their food into small bites. It will be easier for them to chew and swallow.

  • Monitor what is in the mouth. Make sure each bite is swallowed before another bite is taken.

  • Alternate solids and liquids to clear the throat.

  • Practice all exercises provided by your OT and SLP!


  • Soft foods and foods that don’t break up in the mouth, like pudding, soft pasta, canned fruit (without the liquid), and ground or stewed meat.

  • Thick liquids, like milkshakes and ice cream.


  • Dry or flaky foods, like crackers, cookies, chips. You can moisten dryer foods with butter, jelly, or sauces!

  • Sticky or gummy foods, like peanut butter, thick mashed potatoes, pizza, white bread (whole wheat hotdog or hamburger buns are easier to swallow!).

  • Thin liquids, like soda or fruit juice.

Helpful Recipes:

Sloppy Joes (ground meat)

Macaroni Salad (soft pasta)

Grilled Peaches (canned fruit)

Chocolate Pudding

Visit the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders for support and resources:

Tongue-Strengthening Exercises:


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