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    In the thick of it

    In the Thick of It

    So WHAT is going on with Thickeners these days? Do we use Simply Thick in peds or not? What’s up with Rice Cereal and cancer?  Are gel-based thickeners okay for our geriatric population?  Get some answers to these questions and more as we explore the history and use of different options for thickening in dysphagia across the lifespan.  We’ll look at the pros and cons of various thickeners and their possible ramifications on respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.  I’ll present information from recent discussions with the FDA regarding use of Simply Thick and rice and teach some alternatives to thickening such as various feeding positions and use of different nipples, cups, and feeding utensils and when these should be considered.

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