Palate Soft Diet
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?
ξ Place your child in a sitting position for feeding.
ξ Give fluids and foods from a cup or use the side of a spoon.
ξ Infants may use the nipple they were using before surgery.
o Do not change nipples at this time.
o Do not use a pacifier.
ξ Do not use straws or foods served on a stick
How should I care provide mouth care to my child?
ξ Use water to rinse mouth of leftover food.
ξ Clean teeth on the outside of the gums with moistened gauze. Do not use a toothbrush or
ξ 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.
Foods Allowed Foods to Avoid
· 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 products with nuts or
· Ice cream with candies or
· Yogurt with granola or
pieces of whole fruit
· Soft cooked meats processed to baby
· Baby food meats: beef, chicken, veal,
· Cream soups
· Soft-cooked eggs
· Creamed cottage cheese
· Blended, cooked legumes such as lentils
or black beans (baby food consistency)
· Whole pieces of meat, fish,
· Cold cuts, sausage, hot
· Hard-cooked eggs
· Peanut butter
Foods Allowed Foods to Avoid
· 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
· Fresh fruit or canned fruits
with skins or seeds
· Fresh or canned, non-
· Thick or gummy mashed
· Pickles, coleslaw, leafy
· Fried or crisp-cooked
· Any cooked cereal that has been thinned
with milk or water.
· Soft-cooked macaroni & noodles
· Soft-cooked rice
· Breads, toast, buns, bagels
· Dry cereal, muffins, sweet
· French toast, pancakes
· Crackers, cookies, popcorn
· Pretzels, chips
Fats · Butter, oils, dressings · None
Miscellaneous · Gelatin desserts · Gum, caramels, lollipops
· Hard candy, jellybeans,
· Honey, syrup, molasses
· Carbonated beverages
Seasonings · Sugar, salt · Other spices (pepper, chili
powder-avoid spicy foods)
What is the most important thing you learned from this handout?
What changes will you make in your diet/lifestyle, based on what you learned today?
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.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 7/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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