Trouble eating solids

Sunnie - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My Little one always gags and throws up any solid food I try to give her! I have tried little pieces of soft food,Gerber Puffs, little pieces of food off of my plate. Every time the same thing..She begins to act as if she is choking then gags then throws up?!?! She was born July 3, 2010. I know she should be trying these foods now. I am scared giving them to her because of this...Any Advice? Has anyone had this happen?

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Natasha - posted on 03/27/2011

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my son will eat hand held food and bit bits off and have no problem BUT when i try to give him and lumpy food (jared or homemade) he gags and throws up everywhere. I hae gone bacvk to purees but slowly not pureeing it as much. io know for 2 weeks we tried cos the health nurse made me feel bad (said if you dont give him lumpy food he wont learnt to chew or talk)....
for 2 weeks I was stressed becaused it was happening 3 times a day gag then vomit then wouldnt open his mouth.

then i decided i was going to do what made HIM happy and myself happy. Now he is back to LOVING his food. I know we will be going to lumpy food soon again but im making mthe transition alot slower than before...

also with finger food he chews that SO well he just spits it out but another health n urse just the other day said thats ok with finger food alot of babies wont swallow it until mahybe the 10 month mark...

do what makes your daughter happy because i know how stressful and scary this can be...good luck

Terri - posted on 03/27/2011

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Does she eat any jared food or cereals?
My sons gags on the 6mth food still as well, but he eats the beginners fruit n veggie just fine.

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Katia - posted on 11/03/2011

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my 8 month old never liked baby food he does the same so o give him table food with a little twist for baby and he loves it

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My son was born July 6, 2009 and we have the same problem. I am going to call his Dr. on Mon. because I feel it has gotten worse over the last month or so. If I find out anything I will let you know.

Catherine - posted on 04/12/2011

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My daughter was born July 13, 2010, and I too have the same problem. I'm not concerned about it She started her rice cereal later than my first daughter did. She's just doing things a little later than my first daughter, and that's ok with me. I'm going to try her again on the slightly chunky food in about another month. I think it's a texture thing, because she LOVES bread and will eat it every chance she gets =) Just keep trying! Good luck

Lynette - posted on 04/11/2011

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This might sound silly from me and I know its scary for you, but try not to show that you are concerned as she might pick up on it. My health visitor said that when I asked about my son, that sometimes the amount of food they have in there mouth is too much and this is why they look like they are gagging. also its just that they are learning to swallow properly and not to panic around them, and they will get the food back into their mouths to chew it again then swallow it done. Its very scary but I have to say my son has been much better since I spoke to the health visitor, Hope it helps.

Jayme - posted on 04/10/2011

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My son who was born 7/10/10 also gags a lot. I just give him as little or as much as he can handle. We give him those teething cookies a lot- the dissolving organic puffs and just small bites of baby food that he likes.

Rachel - posted on 04/10/2011

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my son does the samething..he has a horrible gag reflux..we try new things everywk and see how he does..he was born july 24th.

Uche - posted on 04/06/2011

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i am having the same issue wit my son ,he was orn on the 11th july just introduced a stage 3 cereal for him but he feels uncomfortable each time i feed him pls advice me

Doti - posted on 04/05/2011

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I am having the same issue, Amber was born July 23 and loves stage 2 foods, gerber puffs and yogurts but gags on stage 3. This week I started giving her bananas and cooked mushy carrots and she is doing those. Based on all of your comments I think she just is not ready and needs a little more time. I say wait and try again and go slow

Sunnie - posted on 04/02/2011

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Thank you all so much!! This is all great advice and I am understanding that all babies are different!! I love this site and it is great getting well tested advice from other moms....Thank you all!!

Julie - posted on 04/02/2011

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My son was the same way. He eventually grew out of it. We just had to learn by trial and error what wouldn't make him gag. It would be so frustrating getting him fed only to have it all come up. He still wont eat some foods like cheese but it might be because of taste now and he's turning three.He's a very picky eater. My second one is nine months and she rarely gags. My problem with her is that she doesn't like purees and only wants to eat things she can pick up.

Betty - posted on 04/01/2011

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My son had this trouble with the stage 3 baby foods.. i just didnt give them to him bc he would gag on them.. i always gave him the stage 2 bc he did so much better on them.. or sometimes i would fix him some grits bc its easy to swollow and helps gain wiegth alil more.. my son is almost 2 years old and he still gags when eating food i just try to avoid the food he really cant chew up or swollow very well.. some babies just aint ready to move on to the stage 3 foods or they havent gotten down the chewing part all that well.. that was my sons problem when i tried giving him stage 3 baby foods.. hope this help alil..

Marsha - posted on 04/01/2011

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she might not be ready for them yet ..Harlow would gag when i gave her jarred food with chunks in it but then we tried baby chessies and she learned how to gum this food and i put fruits in a mesh baggy so she can chew tiny bits of fruit out it taught her how to chew so now she is fine chewing(with her gums) on most solid foods

Lorena - posted on 04/01/2011

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Oh sorry I forgot a reason for the problem. A fourth reason can be an overactive gag reflex, that is not uncommon. Just handle it the same as oral / tactile sensitivity, or wait it out, try again in a month.r

Lorena - posted on 04/01/2011

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Hey there Sunnie, I can think of 3 reasons for this problem:
1. Is just not ready yet.
2. Has a weak stomach sphinkter muscle so when she gags, her stomach contents come up easier. I had this with my daughter born 22 july 2010. She has acid reflux and her stomach doesn't close efficiently so she just throws up little bits all the time for the first two hours after she eats. At 6 months when I tried anything but smooth puree she did the same. She would gag (which is totally normal when learning to eat solids, but because of her week sphinkter, she threw up when she gagged. I just stopped giving it to her and waited a few months for her stomach to develop more and now she does great at 8 months, but we have also changed her medication from Zantac to Nexium, that could also play a role in it.

3. She could be tactile defensive (have an overly sensitive sense of touch/feel). Some babies / children must transition very slowly to foods with more texture and there can be textures that they really don't tolerate well (rough, slimey, stringy, lumpy, grainey, mixed textures). I would take her favorite pureeed food and very slowly add texture first by just gradually thickening it with rice cereal (or wheat cereal) until it is so thick that the spoon stands up in it. Essentially it is now a solid and then you can start adding less finely pureeed food to this and more roughly pureeed, but again gradually. That can mean that you stay with one consistency for a week or even two before you move on.
I would make sure that she can tolerate the texture for at least 4 or 5 days with different foods such as vegetables, fruits, and starches before moving on.

Once she can tolerate very thick food I would try some finger food, just a crust of bread with a bit of butter so that it isn't too dry. Often if they have control of the process it goes better because they follow there own senses.

I hope this helps, if you would like more info about acid reflux or over sensitivity send a mail and I can reccomend some web sites to you.
Oh, by the way, I am an Occupational Therapist and have worked with eating and oral sensitivity.

Good luck, Lorena

Kasie - posted on 03/28/2011

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My son was born july 27th and had that problem a few months ago, I just stopped trying and then tried later. He loves solids now and just recently started feeding himself too. He also loves his baby pureed food too still though so I still give him that too. I say just stop trying with the chunks of food for a little bit and try later. She just might not be ready for it yet but don't worry, she'll get there. If you can't get her to in a month or so, I would talk to her ped cause i'm not sure when it starts becoming a problem, this is my first child.

Sunnie - posted on 03/27/2011

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Thank you for the advice..It is very very stressful. Giving myself grey hair..LOL I will try the lumpy food slowly! She may just not be ready yet.

Terri - posted on 03/27/2011

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i know some dr say its normal and thats the way they learn to chew but can be scary to watch. Other then to keep trying I have no other advice. Sorry

Sunnie - posted on 03/27/2011

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Yes, she eats all stage 2 foods and baby cereals just fine. Just stage 3 and any solids this happens with.

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