If you have a tracheostomy, you may be wondering if you can still eat and drink normally. The answer is yes! With a few minor adjustments, you can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages.
Here are a few tips to help you safely eat and drink with a tracheostomy:
1. Cut your food into small pieces. This will make it easier to swallow and reduce the risk of choking.
2. Avoid hard or crunchy foods. These can be difficult to chew and may cause discomfort if they get stuck in your tracheostomy tube.
3. Take small bites and chew slowly. This will help you avoid swallowing air, which can cause bloating and discomfort.
4. Drink plenty of fluids. This will help keep your throat moist and reduce the risk of aspiration.
5. Avoid carbonated beverages. These can cause bloating and may increase your risk of aspiration.
6. Use a straw. This can help prevent liquid from entering your lungs through your tracheostomy tube.
7. Practice good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush your teeth, tongue, and gums regularly to prevent infection and promote healing.