Food issues!!

Monica - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son is 11 months old and will not eat food with any texture. Baby food is fine, but the toddler food, with the "chunkier pieces" is a big problem. He gags and then eventually throws up and then becomes too upset to eat anything else. I'm not sure if I missed "the window" on when to introduced table foods but he was a month premature so I didn't want to rush it. I have been trying for approx. 2 months now. Any informatioin or ideas would be great. Not sure how often to keep introducing foods with more consistancy. thanks

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Vicki - posted on 10/16/2011

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My Son did the same, He struggled to eat anything with chunks and would only take baby food for a long time, He would gag alot on his food but combined with a few other symptoms we finally realised his tonsils were massive and he actually couldn't swallow chunky food. He ended up getting them out at 2 and after that he ate everything with no problems at all, I'm not saying that's what your child has but its something to keep in mind.

Geetha - posted on 11/08/2009

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My daughter she does not want to eat solid she want the food to be grinder and should not have chunks in them. if there was any she will just vomit everything out. She is two years old.. And i don't know how to make her eat solid food.

Tara - posted on 11/08/2009

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You should speak to the GP next time your there, and think about seeing a speech pathologist (also known as sppech therapist) - to rule out any physical reason as to why your son is having difficulty.

Socorro - posted on 11/08/2009

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Yes, don't be in a hurry. Eventually your baby will start to like foods with chunks because he will crave for it. That's a normal stage for a kid like son. Just don't forget to give him food supplements.

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Hi, both of my children were the same so I did not persist instead giving them what they wanted. As we cannot be sure when they are teething, they definately didnt want to eat chunky at that time. I still feed my 1 year old smooth baby food - when they have more teeth they seem to eat chunky food

Stacey - posted on 11/07/2009

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Hi there my daughter was exactly the same. My health nurse told me to start her on finger foods because she can control how much she's putting in the mouth. Also I started off putting fine bread crumbs in her purees and the when she got used to that i went to small soft pasta (I used risoni) and then some grated cooked carrot. She still rejects it sometimes but has improved so much.Don't worry too much, how many adults do you see living on purees? Start slow and it will happen. I hope this helps.

Karissa - posted on 11/07/2009

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heyy i had the same thing with one of my girl and i was tolled to try 3 or 4 vegs and mash them all together and add half a tespoon of vegemite and both of my girl loved it well anyway hope it works for u too

Kathleen - posted on 11/05/2009

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My soon to be 11 month old is like that also. She only likes food in the jar that is pure, any texture of any kind she spits out. I've been trying food that we cook, something like mashed sweet potatoes or avocado. She mostly plays with it but she gets some food in without too much fuss.I would recommend trying giving your baby boy more mashed foods that you would eat on your plate.

Cassie - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son was sort of like that but he got picky around 2 yrs old and actually is still having that problem at 4. He was gagging on his food alot and now he still wont eat a lot of the stuff he previously choked on. I would say to hold off and still do the baby food but stage 3 and if you give him table food, give him smaller pieces to start off with.

Hanna - posted on 11/05/2009

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We did thicker puree (yes i know you're not supposed to put cereal in bottle, whatever, worked for us -- just make sure the nipple is not cracked) to get him used to swallowing thicker things, i also did milk thickened out with banana & then i did stuff like banana, watermelon, teething biscuit that i held in my hand & let him suck on it. i don't know how helpful that will be to you as he probably has teeth & can bite chunks off rather than just suck. we did this at around 5-6 months. my husband also made it a point to exaggerate chewing motion while my son had his food in his mouth & soon enough Maxi started imitating him. now i don't fully puree his food anymore and give him chunky food or even table food that's been chopped up rather than pureed (like meats and some of the veggies). one more thing, Maxi likes to eat our food, so anything that comes off my husband's plate is good & can be chunky. his food (that we cook) he sometimes chokes on if the pieces are too big (meanwhile he eats them with no problem if it's off our plates). and i would try to feed him stuff like cereal when he isn't too hungry, when he can be curious about food & eat to explore rather than trying to swallow as much as he possibly can because he's hungry. good luck!

Angie - posted on 11/05/2009

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maybe skip the toddler foods and help them with some of the foods you are eating... see if that helps

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Kids do things are different times, so there are no "windows" to speak of. He may just not be ready yet. Have you tried introducing finger foods (like slices apple or pear or steamed veggies)? My boys actually liked eating finger foods to baby food (which I made myself, so it was never a smooth puree). The rule of thumb on size of the food is that it should be bigger than a 35mm film canister. If it can fit into the film canister, then it can be choked on. I cut fruit into quarters, personally... and peeled of course. After a while, we started giving chunks of whatever was on our plates. It's funny to watch, but my youngest (11 months) loves hunks of steak to gnaw on!

It may take some time for your son to get used to different textures, but he'll get there eventually. Good luck!

Monica - posted on 11/05/2009

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I forgot to mention that he also throws up on the puffs and dissolvable cookies :(

Suzanne - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son has the same problem, some babies are just slower then others with eating. Pedi told us to keep him on stage 2 until he was 12 months then try table food. We did this and it worked fine. At 12 months he started waking up at night hungry so I knew it was time to transition. I started giving him our food and just putting it in a food chopper, he loved it! I also use the Gerber Graduate meals and chop them up. He never went into STage 3. He will also eat finger foods just fine. Give him a little more time. Even now with my son it is a huge transition and some babies are not ready to eat table food (not chopped) until they are 1.5 years old. So take one step at a time. At snack time offer Gerber finger foods (puffs, crunchies, etc) to get him used to the concept, also try baby carrots in a can that are soft, peas, cut up pancakes, cut up soft bread, etc.It may be long time before he is ready to eat that all for a full meal, but at least it gets the process going.

Jodi - posted on 11/05/2009

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Monica, my daughter was exactly the same. Hated the toddler food (the stuff in the jars, or anything pureed) and gagged on it. But I introduced real food (like, the stuff off my plate) that she could feed to herself and she loved it. Why not allow him to share something off YOUR plate and see if he will eat it?

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