Can't get 14mth old on to solid food.

Grainne - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have been giving my little boy jars (which now i regret) he is still on the 4mth jars as he is gagging when I have tried him on the next stage. I have tried every type of food ie. potato, banana etc but he just can't keep it down. Anyone have same prob and what do I do.

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Sonia - posted on 12/31/2009

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My little one was puking up everything with a texture until 12mths...We mentioned it to the Dr. and she said he should be able to eat texture...so she had him referred to a specialist. Turns out he gets a swollen esophagus cause by some unknown irritant that does not allow his food to stay down in his tummy. With some medication and his 4 top teeth coming out finally we haven't had any problems in the last 3 mths.

Amy - posted on 12/13/2009

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you could maybe try leaving little bowls of soft things like chopped bannana etc where you can see ur little one with it then they may try it on their own. babies like to explore and love to have what they are not allowed so if they think they are "pinching" it then maybe they will give it a go. my friend did this and it worked for her little boy.

Shelly - posted on 12/09/2009

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I am having the same problem with my little guy. He was a quick eater (no problems when we first introduced baby foods) now he gags on any table foods except for the gerber snacks. I have tried baking a sweet potatoe and mashing it up, at first he wouldn't eat it then I mixed some jarred sweet potatoes with it and that worked. He can chew and swallow without difficulty and the doctor says there are no developmental or health issues. My sister in law who works in child care says she has seen this before and eventually he will decide he is ready to eat real food...I just hope its soon! If you find anything that works please let me know.

Hannah - posted on 12/09/2009

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yes just keep trying. My son (now 15 months) was late in eating, he didn't want food/purree until about 7 months and then he didn't want anything lumpy at all as he gagged really easily. After a bit he took the purree (both jars and home made - he liked both, i made the home made one from potato, carrot, sweet potato, squash etc) but since i started giving him occasional baby biscuits at 12 months, he has come on quite quickly. I watched him like a hawk at first as he still gagged but he got used to it. I introduced different biscuits and chocolate spread or cheese spread sandwiches about a month ago. Now he has gone from only purree and baby cereal to biscuits, sandwiches, crisps etc! with no gagging. His appetite has also grown! Don't worry, take it slowly, he will progress when he wants just keep introducing him to things. My next battle is to get him off purreed veg and onto whole foods at tea time, he doesn't like holding 'wet' foods and doesn't want to hold his own spoon yet....

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Have you checked with the doctor that there's no physical reason for this gagging? That would be my first step. I hope he's just a picky eater, but it is best to rule more serious things out just in case...

Marlene - posted on 12/07/2009

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I had this problem with my son as well i just carried on giving him the jars of baby food and he gradually got used to it hes 15 months now and theres no stopping him!!

Sara - posted on 12/06/2009

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My daughter will be 15 months on the 15th and she is totally on solids she can eat about everything. Except popcorn and suck that is a hazard. I say its all in how early and often you introduce things. My daughter also has alot of teeth which makes difference also. All in good time :)

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2009

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I have this problem too. I'm still buying baby food because there are limited things that my son will eat due to texture issues. All my children had texture issues so his issues are not surprising me any. Let me just say that by 2 years old, my other two children were completely off baby food, so I think this will happen in his own time. I just have to keep trying solid stuff until he finally gets the point!

Sunrise - posted on 12/04/2009

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Have you considered making your own baby food? At least then he'll be getting the natural taste of the foods you are eating and is less likely to reject them later. You can buy a cheap food grinder for under $10 or $15 and puree whatevere your eating. He;d still be getting in the form he's used to but it's a step in the right direction.

Have you had him checked for Reflux? It's just a passing thought but thicker or chunky things can irritate certain cases of reflux. Good luck!

Jodie - posted on 12/03/2009

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i would say u just have to keep trying my son has been off baby since he was like 10 months he would gag and spit it out as soon as it hit his tounge he hated the jar food alls i can say is keep trying with soft foods if he hungry enough he should eat what u give him

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