Feeding question

Malinda - posted on 06/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 14 mth old holds food in his mouth like a chip munk. Sometimes milk won't work. How can I get him to swallow it. It takes hrs for him to finish a meal.

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Malinda - posted on 06/15/2009

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Thanks, I can't wait to try it. I'm about to feed him now. Wish me luck.;-p

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Quoting Renee:

Our vet used to do the rubbing the throat trick with our dog as well. It has also worked on my children. Oh- we also used to blow gently into her nose- just enough to irritate her and she would swallow so she could yell at us. Stupid...but whatever works...



LOL Renee!  I have this visual of your daughter swallowing so she could yell at you....red faced and all...lol Glad to know I'm not the only one who took the vet's advice a step further.

Renee - posted on 06/13/2009

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Our vet used to do the rubbing the throat trick with our dog as well. It has also worked on my children. Oh- we also used to blow gently into her nose- just enough to irritate her and she would swallow so she could yell at us. Stupid...but whatever works...

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This is gonna sound really wierd, but it works for us. Ok, I have cats and from time to time I have pills that I have to give them orally. The way the vet told me to do it is to put the pill on their tongue, hold their mouths shut (without blocking the nose) and rub the bottom side of their neck from the tip of the chin down, repeat a few times and the cat swallows the pill. Something about rubbing that way activates the cat's reflex to swallow. Flash forward to now, with my 19 month old doing the chipmonk cheeks lol He also likes to hold his milk (or whatever he's drinking) and then let it drip down onto his shirt, the table, the floor...wherever. So one day at the table I could tell he had a mouthfull of milk and wasn't swallowing. I reached over and rubbed from his chin, down his throat a few times and he swallowed. I couldn't believe it worked! So far, it only works with liquids. To solve the chipmonk cheeks problem, I have to A) not put as much food on his tray. He likes to SHOVEL the food into his mouth so I put less on at one time. B) I sit right there with him and we use eating time as a learning experience. I line up his pieces of food and we count them. I take his hand and finger and let him point to them as we count. I repeat to him ONE piece at a time. ONE. So far, he seems to be calming down about shoving so much in at once. I tried the rub the throat method on him this morning with his oatmeal and it worked but I don't think I'd do it with anything that isn't mushy as I wouldn't be sure that he has chewed it properly enough to swallow.

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