1. hvml

    hvml Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    297
    North Cornwall
    Quick question. My Dad chews and chews and chews every mouthful of food, even porridge. Is this usual for someone with dementia? I'm sure he hasn't always done it. Often, he chews himself to sleep.
     
  2. Mannie

    Mannie Registered User

    Mar 13, 2014
    116
    Bracknell area
    Suggest ask his Community Psychiatric Nurse for advice. He might be affecting his teeth or causing headaches, so would be worth following up.
     
  3. hvml

    hvml Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    297
    North Cornwall
    Will do that. Thanks mannie.
     
  4. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,557
    Female
    England
    My husband does exactely the same. His food is puréed and he will chew puréed carrot, broccoli and heaven help us if the mashed potato has a small lump in it, he will chew for ever and a day. It can take over an hour to feed him the smallest lunch. He will never take another spoonful until his mouth is completely empty.

    When not eating he appears to have his tongue to the side and is chewing it.
     
  5. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,803
    Female
    South coast
    Does he perhaps forget that he has to swallow?

    You could try gently stroking where his neck meets his chin to stimulate the swallow.
     
  6. tre

    tre Registered User

    Sep 23, 2008
    1,353
    Herts
    My husband does this too. He even chews Calpol.
    Tre
     
  7. Wendy C

    Wendy C Registered User

    Jan 29, 2012
    121
    West Midlands
    My Mom chews her food for ages and even chews her drinks. She keeps the last mouthful of food and drink in her mouth and chews and chews. Part of this awful disease I am afraid :(
     
  8. Bill Owen

    Bill Owen Registered User

    Feb 17, 2014
    182
    BRIDGEND
    my wife also chews and chews and chews.not like her .due to her mine not working has it shod .sorry im dislix .
     
  9. hvml

    hvml Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    297
    North Cornwall
    Thanks Bill for putting my mind at rest that it's not just my Dad. I never knew it was part of the dementia. He always really enjoys his food, but I try to make sure I stay with him when he is eating, as I worry he will fall asleep and choke.
     
  10. hvml

    hvml Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    297
    North Cornwall
    So lots of people do it. I must keep an eye on it. He sometimes wonders how I managed to finish so quickly. Opposite ends of the scale. I always feel lucky that he is so appreciative of my cooking :)
     
  11. mrf94

    mrf94 Registered User

    Dec 17, 2014
    20
    huddersfield
    Our lass chews water, in fact I personally think she could chew for Britain if there was such a competition


    david
     
  12. hvml

    hvml Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    297
    North Cornwall
    :D A problem shared really is a problem halved. I feel so much better for the insights.
     
  13. Raggedrobin

    Raggedrobin Registered User

    Jan 20, 2014
    1,427
    My father chewed and chewed and would just sit there holding food in his mouth for a long time and it was before we understood that he had dementia. My Mother would yell across the table 'For Goodness' sake, SWALLOW!' And then he would, so in hindsight he was probably forgetting to swallow. It never got any worse though, just stayed the same.

    Poor Dad, he couldn't help it. Now it's Mum's turn with dementia, and sometimes she is the one we have to remind to swallow...
     
  14. hvml

    hvml Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    297
    North Cornwall
    Such a sad business. Xx
     

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