3yr old step son holding food

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my 3 yr old stepson is holding food in his mouth and he wont swallow it he will just chew it and hold it there and he holds it there for so long that saliva comes out of his mouth help i dont know what to do...he can drink perfectly fine but he dazes and just chews and doesnt swallow at all looks like he is unhappy or something im not so sure if its something or if its medicine he was diagnosed with adhd and is on focalin for it.. could it be the medicine or autism or that he simply forgets how to eat??

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Jennifer - posted on 05/02/2011

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i havent looked at that yet i will be sure to look at sights too see what i can come up with thank you so much for all the help you have been giving me

Pamela - posted on 04/27/2011

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Jennifer sounds like your all having a tough time =( I guess the only answer would be to get another opinion about the holding food in his mouth thing. I know my youngest does this cause he has a high pallet be he will eventually spit it out or swallow it he just liked to suck on the food ( which I find gross hehe). have you had a look at sensory processing disorder ? I don't know a whole heap about it but I know there are some good sites you might be able to find some information. .

I really hope you get some answers soon

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2011

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no he will hold food in his mouth all day if you let him he will not chew it at all just sit there if you ask whether or not he swallowed he will tell you yes and have him open his mouth and it will still be there.. we have taken him off the meds and it doesnt work we switched the meds up and it doesnt matter the dr doesnt think its autism he thinks its a severe case of adhd its day and night with him being on the meds with him off forget he doesnt listen he will hold the food in his mouth its really bad..he has speech and pt his language you cant understand he talks under his breathe and thinks that you can hear him he gets so frustrated with us and we tell him all the time that if he wants us to understand him he needs to speak up a little more and he just says ok and still does it so we really arent sure they are gonna watch him more closely to see what it actually is.. they gave him sleep medication cause he wont sleep he will stay up as long as he can and fights it and he will cry.. im so completly lost at the moment with whats going on with him i have no idea.

Pamela - posted on 04/26/2011

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what does he do next ??? Im not sure how bad your son is with his ADHD and whether you agree with the diagnoses but I would be reluctant to put him on meds so young.. can you try dropping the meds for a week and see if the starts eating again. Autism would be alot of other problems besides eating its mainly social. my Son have Mixed expressive and receptive language disorder so alot of people pointed to Autism at first so I read up a bit about it all. does he ever swallow food ? what does he do if you ask him to spit it out or swallow it ?

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