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The purpose of the palate soft diet is to prevent injury to the fragile tissues in the mouth and throat after having a surgery to that area.

What is the safest way to feed my child?

  • Place your child in a sitting position for feeding.

  • Give fluids and foods from a cup or use the side of a spoon.

  • Infants may use the nipple they were using before surgery.

    • Do not change nipples at this time.

    • Do not use a pacifier.

  • Do not use straws or foods served on a stick

How should I provide mouth care to my child?

  • Use water to rinse mouth of leftover food.

  • Clean teeth on the outside of the gums with moistened gauze. Do not use a toothbrush or sponge applicator.

Tips to Prepare Food

You can use a food processor or blender to turn table foods into food that is smooth and easy to swallow. Prepared baby food is a good example of the consistency you will want to achieve. You will find that chicken or beef broth works well to blend with meats and vegetables. Fruit juice works best when blending fruit.

Milk Allowed

  • Infant formula

  • All milk and milk drinks

  • Milk-based soups

  • Pudding and custard

  • Ice cream and sherbet

  • Yogurt without seeds or nuts

  • Rice or soy milks

Milk to Avoid

  • Milk products with nuts or seeds

  • Ice cream with candies or chips

  • Yogurt with granola or pieces of whole fruit

Meat and Meat Substitutes Allowed

  • Soft cooked meats processed to puree

  • Baby food meats: beef, chicken, veal, pork

  • Cream soups

  • Soft-cooked eggs

  • Creamed cottage cheese

  • Blended, cooked legumes such as lentils or black beans (baby food consistency)

Meat and Meat Substitutes to Avoid

  • Whole pieces of meat, fish, poultry

  • Cold cuts, sausage, hot dogs

  • Hard cooked eggs

Vegetables and Fruits Allowed

  • Fruit or vegetable juice

  • Baby food fruits or vegetables

  • Vegetables blended with broth

  • Fruits blended with fruit juice

  • Tomato soup

  • Mashed, canned fruit without skins or seeds

Vegetables and Fruits to Avoid

  • Fresh fruit or canned with skins or seeds

  • Fresh or canned, non-blended vegetables

  • Thick or gummy mashed vegetables

  • Fried or crisp-cooked vegetables

  • Veggie chips/straws

Breads and Cereals Allowed

  • Any cooked cereal that has been thinned with milk or water

  • Soft-cooked macaroni and noodles

  • Soft-cooked rice

Breads and Cereals to Avoid

  • Breads, toast, buns, bagels

  • Dry cereal, muffins, sweet rolls

  • French toast, pancakes

  • Crackers, cookies, popcorn

  • Pretzels, chips

Fats Allowed

  • Butter, oils, dressings

Fats to Avoid

  • None

Others Allowed

  • Gelatin desserts

Others to Avoid

  • Gum, caramels, lollipops

  • Hard candy, jellybeans, sticky candy

  • Honey, syrup, molasses

  • Carbonated drinks


Seasonings Allowed

Sugar, salt

Seasonings to Avoid

Other spices (pepper, chili powder)

Who to Call

If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions, please contact UW Health at one of the phone numbers listed below. You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition.

Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.

Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770.