I'm going to copy this to Nutrition and Good Eating to see if you get any other ideas.
Originally Posted by goatlady
My friend has a son with down syndrome. He's just under a year old and is aspirating on goat's milk. The doctor told her to thicken it and gave her some "Thicken Up". Is there a more natural thickener to do that's just as simple? Does arrowroot have to be heated? The goal would be not to cook the milk since it is raw.
Originally Posted by BellinghamCrunchie
Well, I think you can use any type of baby food dried flake cereal as a thickener; oat or rice, etc. Just mix really well so the consistency is uniform.
Thick It is cornstarch, I believe.
Has the child been evaluated by an OT? Sometimes its not the fact that the liquid is thin, but the way the liquid is delivered.
Originally Posted by gsmom
Just a quick note, in some parts of the country speech therapists do feeding stuff. Check with a nearby hospital or pediatric rehab department to see if occupational or speech therapy does infant feeding therapy.
Originally Posted by angelamclamb
I just wanted to add that an OT does things to assist, encourage activties for daily living and yes, that includes eating, however when you have problems with the suck/swallow/breathe pattern then Speech Therapy is needed. They can target areas of weakness and show what you should work on, how to do it, how often, for how long etc.