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Emeric has recently started gagging on everything!! He's always had a harder time with solids than my girls did, meaning he still chokes/gags on lots of things they didn't at this age, specifically I can think of pizza crust. Lately he's been gagging a lot though, on foods he eats all the time. Is it normal for a 17 month old to still be gagging a lot? It just seems like it's gotten really frequent and I've been watching what I give him because of it. In some ways I feel like he's regressed some with what he's able to eat but maybe this is just normal for his age?
 

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He's had the barium swallow study done. Is that what you're referring to? Everything was normal except it showed he was refluxing but nothing major. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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My 16 monthold regress with solids aftera very bad cold. he has always had a very severe gag reflex and the Ped said it was normal if I had one as well (which I do) and he said the deep suctioning he had at birth may be to blame as well. It has gotten better but still pretty bad. I have never really worried about it as ds had only started to really eat solids when he was 13months old.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">have you had a speech eval done? maybe he has sensory issues that are causing the gagging?</div>
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Hmmmm, that's interesting. He does have sensory processing issues according to our OT. And he has gotten pretty picky with things but it's hard to know if he's self limiting because of his metabolic disorder or if it's something else.<br><br>
Another thing he's started doing lately is sticking out his tongue acting like he's gagging and trying to pull something(like a hair or something) off it. He always acts like there's something on his tongue and it's bothering him but there isn't. Weird.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Look at the EE link in my sig.</div>
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He's had a scope done to rule out EE. The GI did see some "white curdled stuff" that he thought could indicate EE so he took some extra biopsies and it was ruled out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
What's odd is that I have something, some type of swallowing problem and I've read up on EE and I swear I have this. Food gets stuck in my throat where I have to make myself throw up or I can't breathe and I typically have trouble swallowing. I was supposed to have a scope done and then I got pregnant and didn't. I thought maybe ds had that but they say no. I'd heard it could run in families.
 

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Interesting. I know that my spd toddler, an oral sensory seeker, will deliberately gag and choke himself on food, his own hands, etc. Just last night I heard myself say "don't choke yourself while you're eating, just wait until your food is gone."
 

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Ok, our experience might not apply here but when Andrew was declining muscle wise (less muscle strength and eventually started drooling) a while back he also began gagging on food. Something we thought we were long past. I was panicked honestly. But swallow and chew abilities can I think regress. As I said I panicked and called our geneticist and we started more mito supplements (notably co-q-10) and it all went back to normal.<br><br>
But I do think sensory stuff in general (unrelated to metabolics) can come and go in kids.
 

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It really doesn't seem intentional to me and it doesn't even necessarily feel like a texture thing to me. He'll eat different textures and he's gotten more picky but still eats most everything. I do wonder if it's metabolic but who knows. I guess I'll bring it up with the neurologist and the OT and see what they say.
 

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My child is similar - took him to Stanford - they now want to do a Barium Swallow - I'm scared about the radiation (= to 150 xrays) - wish we could just get help from OT anyway..... ideas on how to help.....<br>
He can't swallow crackers, apple slivers, sometimes anything beside my milk but most of the time just crunchy things or dry things..........he chews and spits.....he's 2 years...EE was ruled out with endoscopy.<br><br>
Good luck
 
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