Difficulty progressing to other foods.

Kelly - posted on 08/08/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 11 months and I am having difficulties getting him to eat finger/more solid food. I've tried doing all the things I did with my first son including fruit fingers, toast fingers, mince based meals and this morning even resorted to pikelets but still no luck. We've had difficulties all the way along, for example when trying to introduce lumpier meals, he would not just gag on the lumps, but practically choked on them until he would throw up everything that he had eaten. We have finally managed to get him to eat quite thick mashed foods mixed with small pasta (small shells, rissoni, rice etc) and blended meats, but I'm not sure where to go next.

The only finger foods we've had any luck with are toddler rice crackers (baby num nums for those who are familiar), baby rice thins and milk arrowroot biscuits. Anything else he just plays with and won't put anywhere near his mouth (which is frustrating because all non-food items are straight in but food, no matter where it is served, doesn't make it anywhere close (not even for an initial try). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Kelly - posted on 08/09/2010

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Thanks Chivell. I have tried lasagna with no luck. The potato bake is definitely worth a try though. He loves his mashed potatoes, so it might make for an easier transition.

The gagging I can handle, but the throwing up is another matter. We're talking projectile and in large amounts, then he won't eat anything else. He only has four teeth at the moment, but my first son only had two at the same age and was eating a lot more, so not sure how much that has to do with it.

One of the workers at childcare recently commented that they thought he may have enlarged adenoids (was not in relation to eating, but breathing issues) and I have since learned this runs in my husbands family and wonder if this is likely to have any impact (not that I can find a doctor that is willing to check them).

We are getting there slowly, it's just getting difficult to find the time to make him his own foods.

As for getting your son to eat meats. I actually had this difficulty with my older son (as does most of my friends who have kids) but we just kept giving them to him and most of the time now he'll eat them. I also read a tip from a parent in a magazine that recommended crumbed lam cutlets, because kids can pick them up by the bone and find them easier to manage. This turned out to be a fantastic tip as my son loves them and we now eat them at least once a week!

Chivell - posted on 08/08/2010

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Hey Hey
I had the same problem with my son he'd only eat mashed food and gag on the rest i jus kept persisting with them (how many teeth does you son have?? That may be a cause to not wanting the foods also). My son now at 23mths still is fussy when it comes to certain harder and lumpier foods he'll still gag at them.
Have u tried banana thats always a good one for changing the consistancy with. he loves yoghurt so i'll mix things with it to get him to eat them. Otherwise i still cant get him to eat many chunks of meat or anything like that (if you have any advice on that one from your previous child i would love to hear it). :D
Also try things like potato bakes and lasguages as there soft but still have the different texture to them.
Hope this comes of help to you Goodluck :D

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