Holding food in her mouth

Tiffany - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else's little one hold food in their mouth instead of chewing it up and swallowing it? What do you do about it?

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April - posted on 08/28/2011

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I have this issue with my almost 3 yr old, he continues to hold food in his mouth, he has done it so much my 2 yr old is beginning to do it, im afraid at some point they will choke I need help, I have tried explaining to them that they need to chew and swallow, i tried a balloon method my son didnt want to eat one night so i said if you eat your burger, I will give you a balloon, it worked he put the food in his mouth however about 15 minutes later we stopped at a store and i got him out of the car and noticed his cheeks were full, it was the burger i was at my wits end so i told him to eat it or he couldnt have his balloon...well he wouldnt eat it so i got rid of the balloon...this still didnt work i actually had to take the mushed burger out of his mouth, I dont know what to do...im glad to see im not alone, i was beginning to think there was something wrong with my baby! please any more advice!

Lora - posted on 10/25/2012

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my 18 month grandson holds food in mouth will not chew, and eventually swallows it really slows down feeding, and thats with me feeding him foods thats not finger foods

April - posted on 08/29/2011

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My 17 month old will hold food in her mouth, usually the last bite she takes. It is like she didn't realize she was full until that last bite got in her mouth! She will hold it for a long time. I try to get her to spit it out, but she usually doesn't. Eventually she swallows it.

Laura - posted on 10/03/2012

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My two year old daughter just started doing this .. It's strange and seems to be a texture think with her as she only does it with certain foods . Especially broccoli,and other raw vegetables . There is no bargaining with her I find the only way to get her to swallow is to offer her another food that she won't hold in her mouth .

Crystal - posted on 04/13/2010

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Ugh, my son went through a spell of that. Trying to reason with him resorted in him laughing..and spitting whatever he had in his mouth all over us.



Finally, after we'd been through several weeks of trying to get him to just swallow already of offering rewards for finishing his dinner - like staying up a half hour later with an extra book which he loves - and even just fussing at him, my husband had enough of it. So while Ethan was sitting there giggling around a mouthful of food and just holding it, occasionally trying to stuff more in there, my hubby picked up his plate, took his spoon, and set it on the other side of the table. He told my son "Well, since you want to just keep your dinner in your mouth, I guess that must mean you're already too full to eat. And since you don't want your dinner, I'll eat it when I finish mine."



Our boy's eyes got real big (think O.O kinda look, lol) and within five minutes he'd swallowed and was wanting his dinner back. He hasn't done it since. He apparently thinks that daddy really will eat his dinner, lol. That worked for us finally. :)

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Jessica - posted on 08/29/2011

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This is a semi-unrelated but humorous story - My younger brother used to take naps, and when we woke him up he would start chewing. Turns out he would store food in his cheeks at lunch - bits of grapes, chicken, crackers - and eat them later! So gross and it was a choking hazard, but he grew out of it eventually (probably once he realized it tasted icky after sitting in his mouth a couple hours LOL)

Judy - posted on 02/15/2011

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My daughter's pediatrician gave me a great nugget of wisdom to hold on to.... Young children never intentionally starve themselves. So if they don't eat much don't worry (just be sure to add vitamins in their milk/water... something(.. As for the squirrel behavior. Don't give your child more than a bite or two at a time. When they swallow what they have they get a bit more. Gradually increase the amount of food they are given at one time as their eating behaviors improve. In the long run your child will probably have better eating habits (not over eating) when he grows up.

Ashley - posted on 02/14/2011

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we were just discussin that and i'm glad to see that we are not alone. my daughter is almost two, and right now eats like a bird or holds her food in her cheek. i don't really know what else to do

Kayla - posted on 04/14/2010

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no, I have different problem my little girl chews it up then shows you that she's "umm"ing it!

Valarie - posted on 04/13/2010

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my 2 daughters do that. both my daughters have weak jaw muscles on there left side of there mouth. certain foods they have trouble with so i just cut the food smaller so they can swallow it. also to it could b ur little one may not like the food either. sometymes my girls do that if they dont like the food.

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