M.M. asks from Carthage, NC on May 20, 2008
10 Month Old Not Eating Solids
My 10 month old does fine with formula, and stage 2 foods. I tried a stage 3 food, and he completely choked - scared me to death. Someone suggested I try a puff, since they are supposed to dissolve in the mouth. He totally choked. I mean - the "I had to turn him upside down and give him a back blow" choke. Tried breaking the puff into peices. He tried 'gumming' it, but still, by the time it got to his throat, he gagged and gagged until he threw up a tummy full of formula. He's not a puker in general. Anyone had this problem? He only has one tooth, and I can see a second one getting ready to pop through the skin.
C.J. answers from Hickory on May 22, 2008
I had the exact same problem with my little one. He would gag on any solids I tried to give him and would throw up all of his food that he had just ate. This was also about 10 months and everyone else's child that age was eating solid foods really well. My doctor suggested the puffs and to keep trying. He only had two teeth at this time as well. I would put them on his try every once in a while BEFORE I fed him. Once he started eating the little pieces I gave him, we moved up to the whole pieces. He would also always spit out the pieces in the Gerber 3's too. I started mixing the 2's and 3's together which was a little easier transition. It took lots of patience and persistance. My doctor just said keep trying. At 15 mo. old, we have just 2 weeks ago stopped giving him 3's. If he is not ready just wait and try again. Don't push it ~ it just frustrates you and him both.
K.S. answers from Raleigh on May 21, 2008
I would say that he is just not ready. Just as some walk at 12 mo qnd some not till 18 mo. That aside, has the doc given him a good exam? Maybe there is a reason he isn't swallowing solids.
T.A. answers from Lexington on May 21, 2008
Hi! My second son had the same issues right around the same time. (Which was the complete opposite of his older brother who would eat ANYTHING like ribs at 10 months old :) ) Anyway back to my picky eater, we tried every kind of stage 3 foods and he would gag and choke and puke. When I talked to the doctor she said that some kids get confused with stage 3 foods - when foods have the mushy stuff like they are used to in stage 2 and chunks at the same time. They don't know if they should chew or swallow. She recommended to me to use stage 2 foods and then give hime some table food on his tray. It was amazing! He loved the finger foods and he loved that he was able to feed himself. Eventually he was eating what we were for dinner (cut up into micro sized pieces so he didn't choke) and a jar of stage 2 baby food. Fast foward to now (he is 22 months) and he is the best eater. One of his favorite foods is peas and his older brother won't eat anything without a fight. Go figure. So hang in there it will get better and your littlest one may turn out to be the best eater in the house. GOOD LUCK!!
S.G. answers from Raleigh on May 21, 2008
My son had the same problem, choked on everything. I was giving him stage 2 and 3 until he was about 18 months. I know its expensive to buy baby food but I was just patient and waited until he was ready. Try wholesomebabyfood.com for some great homemade babyfoods, and it might help make the transition easier.
D.B. answers from Memphis on May 20, 2008
Age doesn't really determine when a child should move up in food as much as teeth, IMHO. Puffs do dissolve in the mouth but usually in a clump. I've tried it before, LOL.
As long as he's healthy, happy and growing I see no reason to move him up in food level until more of those little chompers come in.
I know this was frightening for you, it would've been for me too. 3 boys, how wonderful!
D.P. answers from Raleigh on May 21, 2008
My son is 21 mos and he still gags occasionally. He really had a problem when he was smaller, but it has gotten better. Mainly the problem now is that he tries to cram too much into his mouth at one time. When he started foods, I had to make his baby food. I just pureed his foods less and less over time until he got used to the new textures and consistencies. I still cannot get him to eat meat, though. It's a slow process...Some babies are just more sensitive than others.
V.A. answers from Charlotte on May 21, 2008
I agree. He'll eat when he's ready... That's what my ped. tells me with me 15-month-old when I went again for her check up! Yes I said 15 MONTHS. He said she's texture sensitive. I tried and tried. same thing gag and throw up. But out of the blue last week she wanted to try the puffs, cookies (regular kind), and cheerios... Just out of the blue. I'm scared to try baby food. I think I’ll skip it and just let her feed her self from the tray. BUT my ped. said it didn't matter how many teeth she had it's how well the mouth muscles are developed for them to be able to eat. So he'll eat. Just try a small bite once a week or so. That's what my ped. told me. Good Luck Hang in there.
T.K. answers from Charlotte on May 21, 2008
Hi M.. Don't stress about it....he'll eat them when he's ready. I've got an 18 month old who was very "texture challenged" when he was that age. Anything with any texture at all was a struggle. He started eating things like puffs and diced banana and that sort, but then skipped over the stage 3 foods and went straight to table food. Once he decided the textures were ok, he totally boycotted the baby foods. They all develop at their own rate. If you're really concerned, talk his doctor, and they can give you some advice on how to ease him into solids. Hope that helps!!
S.F. answers from Clarksville on May 21, 2008
Well, I can't say my daughter ever had this kind of issue, but I worked in a daycare for many years, and have known many children like this. One boy in particular, I recall him not eating anything you had to really chew until he was almost two. Some children have issues with their gag reflex. He just may not be ready for the texture. I am not a doctor, but I think this is completely normal and you just have to have patience. I also knew a lot of kids who HATED Stage 3 because it had the mushy texture they thought they could just swallow, and then they'd realize there was a chunk of something in it and gag it up. You shouldn't have to worry about him choking. I would suggest you make some healthy meals and blend them up yourself, gradually making them a little chunkier each time. As far as giving him something to snack on or chew, I would try the zwiebacks, because he can hold it himself, and it will soften as he sucks on it. This will help teach him about texture. Hope that helps you some. Good luck hon!!!
M.S. answers from Owensboro on May 21, 2008
My oldest was a gagger. It probably has something to do with the texture or the flavor of the puff. My third (almost 10 months) is eating the puffs, now. He has been put off by some of the flavors of the puffs (i.e. banana), but he loves the sweet potato version. You might try rice crispie cereal. I used this for my first 2 children as their first solid cereal. It is small, little flavor, and softens quickly.