My son will gag react to chunks of food

Anick - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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He is going on 1 and he will not accept bigger chunks of food in his mouth, he loves the taste and will just eat anything that is mush, anything big or not soft he will send it right back out even if he has not already swalloed it, is it just him being picky and it may take him time

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Sarah - posted on 05/20/2009

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My daughter used to do this as well. She would gag on anything that was bigger than a Cheerio. Once she learned that she could gum everything, she started eating bigger pieces. I think it's just something that kids have to learn. Around 1 or so, he should be able to gum food more & eat bigger pieces. Good luck =]

Angela - posted on 05/19/2009

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My girls were like that too. I think it is just the age they are just not ready. Be patient around 1 and a Half they ate more.

Good luck

Sasha - posted on 05/19/2009

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My son did the exact same thing. I was really worried at the time but he's almost 9 now and eating like any other child so hang in there :)

Kristen - posted on 05/19/2009

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I would suggest to have his Toncils looked at, they are at the back of the throat and if they are too large can cause gagging, little appetite, don't talk much. I hope this helps:)

Kristen

Mel - posted on 05/19/2009

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mine does this, she doesnt get how to chew and swallow properly. my dietician says its a learning thing they have to get used to so unless that are severly choking and are not making any noises, let them sort it out for themselves. all babies are different , mine spits everything still and is a few months older then your son, she rarely swallows her food and drinks

Catrina - posted on 05/19/2009

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My now 10 year old son had issues with this too. It turned out that he had larger than normal sized tonsils. By the time he was 4 he had them removed. I still have scars on my hands from trying to clear his throat of food stuck. Part of it was his father's parents (mother to be exact) would try to give him tortilla chips when he was 1 - had a few teeth. Nothing capable of chewing that type of stuff. I stuck to noodles, he LOVES pasta. It wasn't until after he had his tonsils removed that I even let him eat apples, not apple sauce, but an actual apple.

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2009

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Quoting Ginger:

I'm working on that with my 11 month old son. I still give him A LOT of baby food from jars b/c I'm too afraid he'll choke on table food. I really don't know what to do to overcome my fear. He eats puffs very well, but they dissolve so fast and I want to give him cheerios and stuff about that size but fear he will choke. He eats very well and he'll make a throwing up face if he has something in his mouth that is different..I'm just so afraid of him choking and I know I'm preventing him from learning to eat table food. I don't know what to do either. Sounds like your son either is picky or just isn't ready for tht kind of stuff..maybe that's what mine is doing too...good luck.



I got this book pdf form, from the internet, called feeding your baby, by Healthunit. they state that your baby should not have any problems chewing soft food even wothout teeth, I have been giving both my girls things like puffs, cheerios, peas, sliced green beans, bread and pasta since about 6-8 mo old, I started with pasta and peas because you can cut pasta really small, especially spagetti noodles and peas cooked long enough are like mush after you touch them anyway, they also say foods the size of a cheerio and smaller is safe, and your baby shouldnt be able to choke on it. they do also say no food bigger than about cheerio size till after 22 mo,but that you should n't wait to long to give your baby these textures and keep trying cause it will get more difficult if you let time pass. so it gives alot of info and ideas on food to give there are food guides/menus for each age range 6-9mo/9-12 mo. you both should check it out it helped me alot. good luck to both of you!

Ginger - posted on 05/19/2009

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I'm working on that with my 11 month old son. I still give him A LOT of baby food from jars b/c I'm too afraid he'll choke on table food. I really don't know what to do to overcome my fear. He eats puffs very well, but they dissolve so fast and I want to give him cheerios and stuff about that size but fear he will choke. He eats very well and he'll make a throwing up face if he has something in his mouth that is different..I'm just so afraid of him choking and I know I'm preventing him from learning to eat table food. I don't know what to do either. Sounds like your son either is picky or just isn't ready for tht kind of stuff..maybe that's what mine is doing too...good luck.

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2009

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I would say that it will take time I just increased the food size for my daughter(also 1yr) up to pea/cheerios size about 2 wks ago, I was cutting tiny peieces like almost mush but has texture, and she gaged a bit in the beggining with texture too, but it only lasted a few days before she realized that if she gummed it enough it would turn into mush. good luck and hang in there it will take time.

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