15 Month old not chewing

Katie - posted on 03/03/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 15 months now and he still is not chewing food. He swallows whatever we give him whole so most of the time he will end up gagging and throwing everything up. We have tried a variety of different foods and textures. He isn't a picky eater he just doesn't chew. We have had to go back to mainly baby food or making our own. Does anyone have any advice on how to get him to chew his food?

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Jenn - posted on 03/10/2011

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I have one year old twin boys, they are really good eaters if I feed them pureed foods, but same as your son, they wont chew, I have given them cheerios but they end up swallowing them whole and choking, throwing up...
My older boys were self feeding themselves by now so I was worried, but from everything I have read, it will come in time. I give them something in front of them every meal, I have found gram crackers are good because they break apart and dissolve easily and they are sweet. Most of the time it all ends up on the floor... thank God for my dogs!!

Katie - posted on 03/03/2011

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he actually doesn't have any words yet either...he tries to say "march, march, march" but other than that he doesn't say anything

we talked to his pediatrician about it and he told us not to worry until hes about 18 months old...as a baby he has acid reflux pretty bad and he said him not chewing/easily throwing up might be the remnants of having that

we are going to ask a neurologist/development specialist about it on Monday

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Vijayalakshmi - posted on 12/04/2012

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Can u plz tell me the device name so that it all be easy for my twin boys

Alison - posted on 03/03/2011

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Personally, I would encourage you to speak with his pediatrician about this. I have heard that chewing helps to develop the muscles in the mouth that are necessary for speech development. If he is excelling in the language department, I'm sure Louise's advice is just right.

Shikha - posted on 03/03/2011

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give him pulp first and if he is ok with it give him thicker pulp every time so it will not choke him and will be easy to swallow and because it is not totally liquid he needs to chew a little....make the food pulpy by spoon and not by grinder.....

Louise - posted on 03/03/2011

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Foods like breadsticks are good as he will have to bite and chew yet it does tend to go soggy so not to cause him to choke. There is a device on the market that allows you to put food into it (it looks a bit like a net with wider holes in) for baby to practise to chew on. To be honest my daughter was still eatting home made baby foods until she was 17 months because she was to laxy to chew foods and would rather go with out food than chew. Mind you she has made up for it because now she prefers finger foods than food she has to pick up with a fork! You just can't win!

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