My 11 month old only eats pureed food!

Lisa - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My son is 11 months old and will only eat pureed foods. Every time I try to give him a piece of something or food that is slightly chunky he gags to the point that he vomits. He will not feed himself either. I have tried giving him teething biscuits and crackers and cooked veggies and things like that, but all he does is play with them, he will not even attempt to put them in his mouth. He does not put toys in his mouth either so it doesn't surprise me. I feed him in his high chair with the tray on it as much as possible so he associates it with food and might eat something I put on his tray, but no luck so far. Has anyone else had this issue, or does anyone know where I can go from here?

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Jill - posted on 10/10/2009

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I'm a speech-langauge pathologist and we work with kids with feeding concerns, so this is coming from a professional perspective...the main reasons kids this age do not take soft solid foods are 1. they are having difficulty adjusting to the texture (more of a sensory difference) 2. some of their motor movements are still not ready for manipulating solids (weak jaw muscles, poor tongue movement moving food to the side for chewing) 3. personal preference

Just so you know, you are doing great - all the right things buy continuing to expose him to other foods in his highchair.

Since you don't mention any other concerns your little guy will learn to eat eventually but I know that isn't very helpful at this point in time.

If you would like actual suggestions based speficially for your little one you could look to your state's early intervention program. They could set you up with a feeding specialist and most likely have your little one eating in no time, giving you piece of mind - who doesn't want that?!

Emily - posted on 05/06/2013

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My 11 month old is doing the exact same thing. I tried a stage 3 lumpy baby food pouch and he gagged on a piece and spit it all up. He cannot handle "dry" pieces of food like a puff. He has always been a little gaggy with toys but does fine putting them in his mouth now... But he still can't handle "pieces" of food. He was slow to even take purée food (wasn't interested until about 9 or 10 mo). He would cry and scream, did not want food :) Now he eats purées just not finger food. I am always shocked to see friends stuffing forkfuls of mushy adult food into their 11 mo olds mouth and they chew and swallow fine. My son would flip out! I am trying to adjust him gradually (soggy puffs dipped in water, soggy rice cake pieces etc). Also I am going to see an OT (therapist) for reassurance and advice. My pediatrician suggested he may just need some help to get over he sensory part of it. He gags and coughs and if its bad enough he will vomit. Very stressful!!!!

Joann - posted on 10/10/2009

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Hi Lisa,
I have a friend who went through the same exact thing until her son was almost 3 years old. He would vomit as well when she tried feeding him solids. The doctors told her not to worry as long as he kept gaining the proper weight for his age. Don't get discouraged, they have their own time frame, just don't give up on offering him the option of trying solids. Keep him in the high chair, it DOES help associate feeding time. I have a two year old who eats anything you put in front of him but he will not be still unless its in his high chair. Good luck and hang in there.

Kersha Cindy - posted on 08/26/2013

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I have the same problem with my 14-month old. He only eats pureed foods, but he will eat anything pureed - callaloo, peas/beans, pasta, potatoes, all meats, and vegetables. However, if he gets a little piece of solid stuck in his mouth, he gags and all the food comes up. He does not feed himself either. I spoke to a family friend who is a nurse and she said to leave him with the pureed foods and to give him a cracker to start to chew on. We tried that for weeks and just yesterday he finally put it in his mouth and chewed a little. His weight is also very low, less than 20 lbs, so I have to choose to just get his weight up and worry about solids later. I am relieved that it's not just me though because it is really frustrating watching younger babies eat straight from the pot! (I am from the Caribbean and I get alot of bad pressure about this situation.).

Jael - posted on 10/07/2009

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Does he eat the pureed food and take his bottle well (or breastfeed), at least 32 oz a day? Most importantly, are you happy with the way he sleeps? If so, then just let it go. I've never seen a healthy kindergartener eating pureed food in the cafeteria, so your little guy will eventually take that step too :) I'd just keep offering it to him at the start of the meal when he is really hungry, let him see you eating it too (and LOVING it!). Or, you could try eating it in front of him and not allowing him to touch it...that might make him mad enough to try it :)

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Lindsey - posted on 07/04/2013

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My 7 month old will not swallow the chunk of food. Instead he will chew it a little and then spit it out. If by chance he does start to swallow it he gags till he throws it up with the rest of his meal that he just ate. He also hates the puff things and eating anything dry.

Lisa - posted on 10/11/2009

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Thank you very much for all of the encouraging words!!! It is good to know that he is not the only one!!! I am sure he will adjust all in due time... and I am at least armed with some good knowledge and suggestions! Thank you again!!

Joann - posted on 10/10/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

My 11 month old only eats pureed food!

My son is 11 months old and will only eat pureed foods. Every time I try to give him a piece of something or food that is slightly chunky he gags to the point that he vomits. He will not feed himself either. I have tried giving him teething biscuits and crackers and cooked veggies and things like that, but all he does is play with them, he will not even attempt to put them in his mouth. He does not put toys in his mouth either so it doesn't surprise me. I feed him in his high chair with the tray on it as much as possible so he associates it with food and might eat something I put on his tray, but no luck so far. Has anyone else had this issue, or does anyone know where I can go from here?


 

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i was way too paranoid to give my kids 'normal' food, until i was well and truly comfy they werent gonna gag or choke, i was quite paranoid. so the lumpy food i would still squish with a fork hahahaha my poor children didnt get a sandwich til they were almost 3 i think....i was so scared of choking, i dunno why, but now they are all big and strong and have beautiful teeth and eat everything, so...it didnt effect my lot.

Tracey - posted on 10/09/2009

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I used to be a prek teacher, and we had a infant/toddler boy who did the same thing. Just give him time, and dont get too frusterated. eventually he just changed his mind and then he would scream if we so much as got the jar food out of the cabinet. good luck!

Robyn - posted on 10/08/2009

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I would suggest puffs or even soft fruit. My son gagged himself with solid foods as well and still does if he can't get a piece of food he doesn't want out of his mouth. I found that small pieces of banana was a great segway into solid food. Small pieces of avacado and sweet potatoes also worked well. I think you just have to be patient and it will happen.

Stacia - posted on 10/08/2009

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All i can say is just keep trying. try to give him the lil greber gradutes meals most of them our soft enguh where he shouldnt gag on them. My daughter did it also and i just kep on trying. Greber also has these things called pugg they have all kinds like banana and veggie and other kinds and they desole in there mouths. Also they have things that are called yoguret melts they are just like the puffs. but as of any thing else just keep trying that what my WIC office that i have here.

Brandy - posted on 10/08/2009

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Have you tried pulling him up to the table like a big boy to eat with him when he eats. I find even now with my 2 in a half year old boy that he will only eat everything on his plate when some else is eating with him. When he was 11 months he did pretty much eat everything that was in front of him, but there were some foods he would just play with if it was too hard for him to chew. Just give your son some time to experiment with foods but don't replace them or he'll think that he can just have whatever he wants when he wants it! lol!!!

Barbara - posted on 10/08/2009

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My 13th mon old is still liking his pureed food as well. He now has 8 teeth (all in front) so he still has a hard time chewing. He will now eat cut up banana and peach, and for breakfast I mix together about 1/3 banana, 1 oz creamy tofu, a tsp peanut butter and 1/4 graham cracker (smashed) sprinkled on top and mixed. I tried the Happy Baby cereal (dissolves in mouth) after much failure and he really liked them. He does not pick-up food and put it in his mouth either, that is still my job. However, he is starting to grab his spoon and put it in his mouth often.

Ashley - posted on 10/07/2009

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My son was the same way a few months ago... Tried getting the Puffs or yogurt melts. They dissolve really quickly and helped my son learn to pick stuff up off his tray. (I also broken them into pieces at first so it wasn't so much going into his mouth at one time). All kids are different though so I wouldnt worry too much.

Lindsay - posted on 10/07/2009

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I wouldn't worry, just offer him solid foods with every meal along with the pureed foods, that way he always the opportunity to try them if he wants. Just becareful, I wouldn't switch him to whole milk if he's still on pureed foods (they don't have enough nutritional value-unless your are just mashing whatever you eat). Good luck!

Jane - posted on 10/07/2009

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don't worry too much about it, he's eating and that's awesome. he'll learn to feed himself these foods after a messy bout of it or he'll start to eat finger foods. our 2.3 yr old hasn't eaten anything new in 9 months. i WISH she would eat baby food again, it would take the worry off of my mind.

he's fine and he'll learn when he's ready. he has to get used to the next foods, just like he had to get used to this food from eating just millk.

Michelle - posted on 10/07/2009

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My daughter will eat anything (she's nine months), but I know my neice hated lumpy foods. For some children it's just a texture thing. It's probably just the feel of the food in his mouth. My daughter gagged a lot on the stage 3 foods, so we skipped them and just gave her table food, which she loved:o) Just keep trying any chance you get. Oh and I should mention that my daughter won't feed herself either. She plays with it or throws it over the tray and onto the floor. Such a messy child!!

Claire - posted on 10/07/2009

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i coudn't get my son to eat lumpy food until he was at least 11 months but he would gag on on sort of finger foods, he now eats lumpy foods i just kept trying him on lumpy foods now and then and he eventually started to chew. jus give him time and he will when he is ready, every kid is different

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Have you spoken to the Pediatrician about this issue. Checking his tonsils is a good idea. He will eventually out grow this and another issue will pop up :)

Adrean - posted on 10/07/2009

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All I can say is you'll never see a kid in school that only eats pureed food so don't worry too much. I would, though, look at his tonsils. They might be too big to allow food to pass. My son had this problem only he had to take a drink to swallow food. And keep offering different food to him, he'll catch on. Ever tried oatmeal, grits or Cream of Wheat? maybe soft scramble eggs? Good luck to 'ya!

Johnna - posted on 10/07/2009

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I'm not sure if this will help, but my son stayed on baby food until he was around 15 months old. I was worried, but that was all I could get him to eat. He eventually quit the baby food all by himself. He stopped wanting it and he began wanting the noodle o's soup, I get the low sodium. He now eats lots of things, all though chicken and wienies are the only meat he really likes to eat.



I say give him time, he's getting his vitamins and probably eating a lot healthier now then when he goes to solid food.

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