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dd is 8 months and about 6 weeks ago we started occasionally offering her some finger foods (maybe 2-3 times a week)- avacado, mashed beans, steamed squash, sweet pot. She enjoys playing with it and tasting it, but she is starting to scare us.<br><br>
She takes the food in her mouth, seems to suck on it for flavor and then decide she doesn't want to swallow and tries to spit it out. But she doesn't know how so she sticks out her tongue and coughs. Which at first was cute but now she does it with such gusto she is sucking it back into her throat and we are worried about her choking on it.<br><br>
What should we do? We have never spoon fed her, do you think spoon feeding her a little would help her learn to swallow or spit out? or should we hold off on the food all together and wait a couple more weeks?<br><br>
anyone elses dc act this way?
 

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I would stop and try again later. And in this case, I might try a little apple sauce or something along those lines. Some kids just have a really strong gag reflex, you will probably have to do some experimenting to see what works.
 

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i know spoon feeding seems to be looked down on here, but we spoon fed for a few weeks when DD was starting to eat solids. just for a short time. then we moved into "feed yourself" mode, where we offer all good choices, and she chooses which ones and how much to feed herself. (she's 13 months now, self-feeds like a champ, and also still breastfeeds.)<br><br>
choking is obviously the worst outcome, you want to avoid that for sure, as you noted. personally i don't see the harm in giving her some spoonfed food for a limited, short period of time if she wants to take it that way. i think that another goal is that your baby comes to enjoy food, and enjoy eating. so to that end you want to make sure that her times in the high chair are enjoyable for her.<br><br>
does she show interest in food when you eat? does she try to grab food from you? if she sees you eating a spoonful, and if you offered her some of it, would she take it? if the answers are no, then maybe hold off on food altogether for awhile longer as you suggested.
 

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Okay, I would try to spoon feed some purees, like mashed avocado or squash, and if that still provokes a gagging response, I would definitely take a few week break.
 

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i would hold off on solids. dd did the same thing at the exact same age. she started eating more at around 10 months and then really got into solids at around 12-13 months. now she's 18 months and eats anything and everything. we did not do any spoon feeding at all, just kept offering her finger foods until she didn't gag anymore.<br><br>
forcing them to eat by feeding them with a spoon is NOT going to decrease their gag reflex. that reflex integrates over time as their nervous systems mature and the average is at or around 6 months but it's entirely within the range of normal for it to persist until closer to their first birthdays.
 

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She is interested in food, but only to put it in her mouth and hold it like us. Then she wants to spit it out, which is fine, but she is starting to inhale it and that scares us.<br><br>
i want her to love food the way dh and i do so we are in no way pushing her to do anything she doesn't want too. i think i may try something on a spoon and see what her reaction is, she has not been offered a spoon yet. then if she doesn't like that just stop for a couple of weeks.
 

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My first son was like that until close to age 2 (I still cut his food pretty small)- DH has a bad gag reflex too, I think so people just do more than others... Now my 1st son tried to feed my 2nd a granola bar the other day & he didn't gag at all (yeah, trust me, I got *most* of it out)... each child is different. I would also say try purees- my 2nd is 6 mo & I hand him the spoon & he feeds himself (messy but fun)
 

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My 15 month old still has this problem somewhat. It's good to know that I'm not the only one with this problem!
 
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