Gags when eating lumpy, solid food...

Ashley - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




My son is almost 11 months old and he gags whenever I try to feed him really thick/lumpy baby food or anything remotely solid... sometimes he will even throw up. I did not have this problem with my first child and I have no idea what to do. Has this happened to anyone else? Did you find something that helped??


Kate - posted on 07/14/2009




Why not just put some food on a tray and let him try it for himself? You can put cooked, small pieces of potato, soft cooked carrot, cheese, bread cubes, etc. Real food, not baby food. Let him pick it up, lick it, put it in his mouth and pull it out, etc. If he has total control over his eating he may adjust to these new textures, and certainly he can immediately spit it out if it's causing problems for him. He probably has a very strong gag reflex, and therefore has trouble with unusual textures. Giving him control and being patient should help.

Angela - posted on 07/15/2009




HI Ashley- Don't worry. My son did not eat solids or lumpy baby food until he was 13 months old. He only ate #2 baby food jars up until then. He now is 2 and eats everything. I know how you are feeling. Be patient and don't force him to eat. He will eventually get it.

Savannah - posted on 07/14/2009




My youngest does the same thing. That kid will choke on air! Not kidding. What Kate said is a great idea. I does help to let him feed himself. And I just give him small bites. He is improving quite a bit. We are still scared to give him water, though. he chokes on it every time.

Kanika - posted on 07/10/2012




Hi Ashley, my 11 month baby girl eat only stage 2 baby food . Hates formula or any other form of milk and gags on any other solid or chunky stuff and vomits after gagging. I have tried everything ,mgiving her pufs , cookies , etc but she just throws them away . I am really concerned as she is only 18 pounds and not eating much. Whenever I fed her stage 2 baby food she takes it with spoon but moves her tongue all the way back on each feeding , I don't no if that normal but that's how she eats and she even cough when she drinks water.iI had no issues with my first daughter but I don't no why this is happening to her.

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Have you asked your pediatrician?? My son has a really bad gag reflex as well. I don't know if he was quite that old, but he had problems with chunky baby food as well. He still gags on food if he tries it and doesn't like it. It seems to me the pediatrician mentioned something about weak jaw muscles as well, but since my son is 6, it's a little foggy! Hope this helps!


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Lisa Marie - posted on 01/12/2014




my son does to im so glad i joined this group its nice to know other mums are going through the same thing i dont think its anything to do with them being slow cos my 1 yr old is exactly the same with water amd foods and hes been walking since he was 10 months

Ashley - posted on 07/15/2009




Thanks Angela... that makes me feel better! I think he is just doing things a little slower than most babies... he didn't even crawl with his stomach off the floor till he was 10 months... I guess he'll get it eventually.

Bev - posted on 07/14/2009




Try making the food less lumpy and give him smaller liquified portions. It sounds like he has a strong gag reflex. Maybe he doesn't like having the spoon inserted into his mouth, which can cause the gag reflex? If all else fails, ask your doctor.

Teres - posted on 07/14/2009




Perhaps he just has some texture issues. The way certian items feel in your mouth can cause a gag reaction. Are there other solid foods that do not cause this reaction?

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