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Offer fluids every 3-4 bites. It is ok if the child refuses it but is should be offered.
Do not hold fluids to the end of the meal.
Thickening liquids: may make fluids easier to control Can use rice cereal, instant mashed potatoes or commercial thickener.
Dangerous practices: head must be in correct position to swallow. Do not introduce liquid into the mouth especially when head is tilted back.

Handouts on mealtime safety; positions for helping your baby suck:

chin tuck during bottle drinking
picking a spoon to feed your child
is your child ready for independent feeding
positions for independent feeding
is your child ready for cup drinking
adapting mealtime environment
positioning for tube feeding

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