Why does my daughter suck her food?

Amber - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else have a child that sucks their food? Or know anyone with a child that does this? My older two kids didn't do this. To me, it's really weird. My almost 3 yr old chews her food up, then sucks on it for hours! We have to make her spit it out because most of the time we can't get her to swallow it! I don't think she's losing weight, but I don't see how she's getting any nutrition out of her food if she only swallows about half of what she eats. She also worries me because sometimes she'll fall asleep in the car or at home with food in her mouth! I've just never heard of a child doing this. None of my friends or any other of the moms I know have had children do this!

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Danielle - posted on 03/06/2014

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I am wondering if you ever found out anything. My son has dome the same thing since he was 18 months old, he is now 4. We are constantly telling him to chew and swallow. We have asked the doctors and therapist and no one knows. I could use some advice. As a result of sucking his teeth are starting to decay.

Cristin - posted on 04/02/2013

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Wondering what your daughters status is? My son does the same thing. He is 4 1/2 now and it started at 18 months. I've been referred everywhere and none of the specialists have seen or heard of it before.

Aurora - posted on 04/08/2011

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Hey! You posted this a year ago, has anything changed? I found your question when i was trying to google the same thing (everything else that came up was like "my son will only eat soft foods")... my son does the same thing as your daughter... sometimes he eats and swallows (like when it's candy lol) but so many things he'll put in his mouth and then run off and sit and suck on it forever.

Aurora - posted on 04/08/2011

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Hey! You posted this a year ago, has anything changed? I found your question when i was trying to google the same thing (everything else that came up was like "my son will only eat soft foods")... my son does the same thing as your daughter... sometimes he eats and swallows (like when it's candy lol) but so many things he'll put in his mouth and then run off and sit and suck on it forever.

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