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My 8 month old DS has a very strong gag reflex which doesn't seem to be going away. If I try to feed him anything other than very liquid purees (I make food for him), or something he decides he doesn't like the taste of, he gags and pukes up everything in his stomach. Is this a variety of normal or is it something I should be asking my doctor about? Will it ever go away? :p<br><br>
He does LIKE to eat the purees and displays all the signs of being ready to eat solids for the past month. I haven't pushed food on him, just started offering it at 6 months. He didn't really take to it until 7 months. Self feeding soft chunks of food... well that didn't go over very well either let's just say... :puke
 

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Some kids start eatign solids later. I would just offer him large chucks of food (like 1/2 an apple) so that he can't gag himself with it. He will eat when he's ready.<br><br>
Some kids are also really sensitive to tastes and textures. I'm still that way... I can't eat apple sauce or I'll puke... puree is a yucky texture to me.
 

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Thanks for the reply! I have tried him with bigger chunks like you said. The problem is, he has upper and lower front teeth already and manages to bite off little chunks. And then gag :p
 

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I don't really have any suggestions for you, just wanted to say I think the gagging thing is normal. My DD is almost 8 months and she still gags a good bit when she eats solids. It may be that he's just one of those people with an extra sensitive gag reflex. Hope you find something that works!
 

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Not to be a nervous nellie or a contrarian, but the fact that he does actually puke and not just gag concerns me a bit. I would try some aloe juice in case there is some sort of acid reflux happening. When you say that "something he decides he doesn't like the taste of," are there other signs besides the gagging that he's showing, or is it just that?
 

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I should also add that he also does this if he sticks one of his own fingers, or a toy, a little too far back. It never seems to bother him much. But thanks for the input! I think I will definitely ask his dr. about it.
 

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Your description sounds very similar to my almost 8 month old DD. She has a sensitive gag reflex as well and I have read somewhere that they do grow out of it. She gags herself with her fingers or toys all.the.time. Sticks them to far into her mouth. Any new food will make her gag as well. I think it is the new texture at the back of her throat that will cause the gagging. She can self feed chunks of avocado and banana (she loves both) with no gagging at all.
 

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Ds was that way as a baby too. He outgrew it at about a year and then we started solids, which incidentally, was about the same time he became <i>really</i> interested in eating.
 

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Same here. Echo gags on everything new. She especially seems sensitive to potato texture. We have to water down any purees we give her to nearly bm consistency. She also gags on anything solid we give her. It is scary when she actually pukes, but I see it as her learning how to handle food. I'm pretty sure it is normal, or, at least I hope so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'm glad to know DS isn't the only one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You can get one of those mesh things to put the apple into. That way he can't choke himself. I would worry that if he is constantly throwing up the food, he will associate food with puke and eventually not want to eat it at all. I would back off of the purees and give him something like frozen peas. He can't choke on them because they thaw and are mushy, but they are big enough and have a different consistancy then what he is used to.<br><br>
My son has a very strong gag reflex as well, and I hope he grows out of it!!
 

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The gag reflex is designed for babies who are learning to eat. It keeps them from choking (which is very different from gagging). Gagging brings food which the baby is not sure they can swallow to the front of the mouth. If that doesn't work, they vomit. It's not the same as an adult vomiting. As babies gain more indepedence feeding themselves, they learn what they need to do to avoid gagging. DS used to do it ALL the time when eating. He'd take too much, gag, spit it out and keep going. Sometimes it wouldn't come and then he'd spit up (vomit) and then he'd keep going. The reflex fades (it is at it's most sensitive aroun 6-8 months), so they will all grow out of it, some sooner than later.<br><br>
ETA: The above only applies to typically developing children. Some children with special needs will not outgrow their gag reflex, or will need a lot of extra time to do so.
 
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