Abigail - posted on 06/21/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
My 18 Month old stores food in his cheeks. He has done it since he started solid foods. The pediatrician had a swollow study done before he was a year old, which somehow was an expensive test that came back normal, and we have been working with a speech therapist and OT with this issue. He has not started talking much but the storing of the food has been one of the bigger issues. The rest of his development is Average or Above Average. He has had the heimlich manouver performed on him at daycare due to this as well. We always remove the food from his cheeks before he gets down from his chair after eating, but we aren't sure why he does this. The speech therapist thought it was due to texture but he doesn't always do this with the same foods. One week he will swallow all of his food and the next week he could have some of the same foods and store them. Just wondering if anyone else deals with this as well.