anyone else out there had problems getting their child to swallow their food?

Mel - posted on 03/17/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my 11 month old daughter is still so underweight because no matter how much food she is offered she wont swallow barely any of it. she is so happy to put everything to her mouth tho. has anyone else has this problem at this age and if so is it more likely to be something medically wrong or that she dosnt want to? thankyou!!

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Sarah - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son, who is now 12, had similar issues. He has Sensory Integration Disorder. While for him he was doing two things, aspirating into the nasal cavity, and two refusing to swallow. He had to be re-taught with solid foods. As an infant he was on ventilators and all sorts of nasty tubes down his throat, he just didn't like the way it felt. We went to a feeding program at a local rehabilitation hospital. Three years later he was able to eat just fine, with a lot of occupational therapy. The unfortunate part is at this age it is hard to know what is wrong with out actual medical tests, good luck.

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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ive looked it up and it seems to be linked with aspiration problems which is what my daughter had until she was 7 months and may possibly still have now. I will ask my speech pathlogist if this is a possibility. thankyou so much

Cindy - posted on 03/18/2009

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Please don't add baby rice to your childs milk to "bulk it up" as it does nothing nutritionally nor does it actually hel pyour child. Baby rice is not MENT to go into milk, it's supposed to be given on it's own and the only reason it might even be a suggestion if for children with a reflux problem. If your child has special needs, which is seems she does, then your options are limited. You just need to take things extra sowly with her, but DO try to feed her before she's flushed or given anything into her NG tube. Try very small portions, and offer her a variety of foods, including meats. Some children refuse meats period, some love it (my son). Also skip the baby food, give her what you're eating and she'll probably be more interested in it. Also don't talk to her as an infant, speak to your child as you'd want someone to speak to you, tell her "this is how we eat our food, chew it up and swallow!" i mean you can be cute with it, but don't tell her "dis is how wittle baby eats de foods!" kind of thing lol. She may always have a problem, she may out grow it. Take it slowly, and if it works stick to id, if it doesn't try something else and then go back to it =)

Mel - posted on 03/17/2009

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thanks you guys! much appreciated. she did have a tongue tie but we decided to get it fixed when she was about 3 months. she will eat yogurt and custard (well I tihnk most of this is going down but she still spits some out) but I know she need so much more then that in her diet to stay healthy more vegies and things.we tried slowing down on the milk as dietitions wanted to see if she would eat more so we tried 3 bottles a day of 200 mill and she lost over 200 grams so now im stuck with 4 big bottles which takes up so much time to put it thru her NG tube. problem is she used to know how to do this back when she was a new born. i guess what im trying to work out is does she not know how to swallow because she has had her feeding tube for so long, even tho shes always been on solids. or is there something medical as even with a cup she spits the liquid straight out. there seems to be no way to work this out?

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Donna - posted on 03/02/2011

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hi my son is the same he finds it hard to eat sometime he is tounged tied think thats whats it called but just make your time and feed her little and often i find that helps me hope all goes well for you xx

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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Thankyou so much for your replies. Jennifer that sounds really interesting and is definately worth a try. I was always hoping Briannas tube would be out by her first birthday but now im thinking it may be at 18 months like your boy. I am still on the waitng list for occupational therapy

Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son also had an NG tube for liquids til he was 1 1/2. When he wouldn't swallow his solids, his speech therapist recommended just lightly rubbing the outside (very lightly) of his throat when he had food in his mouth. It worked wonders. It helped him to "feel" in his throat and then he was able to swallow. Worth a try.

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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Im sorry to hear about your daughter Helena and trust me I do feel lucky that she is at least happy to put food to her mouth and does actually chew her food before she spits it out

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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Quoting Carrie:



Is she taking any of her milk through her bottle or is it all through her NG tube?  Have you tried letting her try and drink some of the formula/milk and then put the rest through her NG tube.  Also she may have texture aversions.  I have met kids that have real trouble with textures of foods.  One other question:  How is her development?  The doctor can order a swallow study if they think that it is necessary and look into textures and consistencies of foods that she can tolerate.  I am a pediatric nurse.





 



HI Carrie, her development is not so good shes not sittig up or crawling yet but im working on it. but as well shes only 7 kilos. shes only having her cup about 3-4 times a day except she spits it all out. she has had a coordination swallow at almost 4 months old which showed 25% of milk going into her lungs, a repeat coordination swallow was done at 7 month which they couldnt tell anything because she wont swallow enough. now they want to do another one but how can they tell if something is wrong if she wont swallow? i think there could be something else.

Helena - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi



My baby has a dietician and speech therapist that visit fortnightly as I have worried about the way my daughter chokes and gags on every type of solid food (even pureed and yoghurt).  Eventually at 13 months when four teeth popped out (making a total of 6), the problem has pretty much corrected itself. 



Count yourself lucky that your child knows how to spit food out!  I'm trying to teach our little one how to manipulate food around her tongue to swallow correctly. 



The only real advice i can suggest is when she does swallow food, praise praise praise.  Eventually she'll catch on!

Carrie - posted on 03/18/2009

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Is she taking any of her milk through her bottle or is it all through her NG tube?  Have you tried letting her try and drink some of the formula/milk and then put the rest through her NG tube.  Also she may have texture aversions.  I have met kids that have real trouble with textures of foods.  One other question:  How is her development?  The doctor can order a swallow study if they think that it is necessary and look into textures and consistencies of foods that she can tolerate.  I am a pediatric nurse.

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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she has water thru the day to flush her tube and reducing milk unfortunately is not an option for me yet. but she is interested in trying new foods even if she doenst actually swallow them

Leah - posted on 03/18/2009

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I gave my daughter a variety of colours and shapes, twisty pasta shapes, broccoli trees, carrot sticks steamed, the colours, shapes and textures, seem to do the trick. reducing milk, juice etc and giving water during the day will also increase appetite.

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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we were thinking that ourselves with regards to the NG tube we are now thinking that might be causing her to not drink maybe because it is running down the back of her throat. I will look Dysphagia up as Ive never heard of it thanks!

Putri - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi, have you tried to google Dysphagia? My 9 months old son is also not swallowing food, but he can drink from a bottle. So we have been mixing up his milk with baby rice to bulk up the milk. I would say the NG tube might be the reason why in your case. I am taking my son to the doctor this week to rule out Dysphagia. I have tried limiting his milk intake too, but to no avail!

Samantha - posted on 03/17/2009

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im kinda in the same situation you are my doughters a year old and she chowes up her foodthe spits it out and my doctor says nothings wroung w/ her that shes fine there just worried about her calorie in take that maybe try offering her smallers porshins  but more offten like snakes all day and see if that wors and ive also gave up on baby food(something you might ahve to talk to your doctor about) besides gerber antries my dughter really like to eat them and to do it her self and if she dosent finsh it, its good to save it for latter (it wont go bad) ut Danhita is right you may want to talk to your doctor to make sure theres nothing medicly wroung with her

DaNita - posted on 03/17/2009

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my first 2 ate anything and everything. the next 2 were are still are a bit picky. there were times when they only picked a certain food that they would eat. I learned that they will eat what they need. Has the dr looked at her tounge and mouth? there could be a number of things happening in there.... from new teeth, hand foot and mouth, tounged tied.... I would take her to the dr and make sure there is no issues. then I would find something she will eat that is good for her... then slow down on the milk... if she is drinking too many bottles, she is filling up on that and not wanting to eat....

well I hope this helps

DaNita

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