Talking about sip feeds

When planning how to talk to your child about their sip feeds, the following pointers can help guide your conversations:

  • Start with the basics. Make sure your child knows how and why they have to take their sip feed. Consider taking the time to explain how taking their drink can help with their energy levels and strength
  • Involve your child in their care. When their treatment is reviewed, it’s good for your child to take an active role so they feel more involved in decision making and better understand why they need to take a sip feed. For example, by letting them choose between a milkshake or juice style sip feed, as well as which flavours they would like will really help to increase their involvement

If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your healthcare professional.