How carers can help

A partner, friend or loved one may be able to help you cope with oral side effects. A carer could:

  • use a torch to look for red or white patches or sores in the mouth
  • do the grocery shopping and purchase soft foods or frozen foods that may be soothing to the mouth
  • help prepare meals by mashing or puréeing foods in a blender and making gravies or sauces to moisten food
  • provide pain medication 30 minutes before meals
  • track fluid intake (number of glasses of water/fluid each day)
  • keep drinking straws, chewing gum handy
  • go to the chemist to purchase artificial saliva (or other products prescribed)
  • attend appointments with the doctor or dietitian.

This information was last reviewed in May 2016
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