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Ok, the little girl i watch is 18mo old and perfectly capable of feeding herself quite well, very bright with many words..... but she stuffs her food in her mouth beyond what she can easily chew. I dont know why? My kids never did this but she also has a high gag reflex and has thrown up because of this.... and often chokes on her food.... I am always talking to her about chew and chew and one at a time, but to no avail.. the minute I turn my head she will often stuff .... whether its cereal or bread.... its often things she likes over things she doesnt... like wheat bread she doesnt stuff, but a bagel she will. I never hurry her, i never take away her food before she is done...so I just dont understand why she does this.... I have always given her more than one piece of something at a time, and she used to be fine, but it just seems to be getting worse.. could her mom be making a big deal out of it at home or something??<br><br>
I could totally picture her mom jumping up and running over bc of it rather than letting her work it out (she choked once on something at home)...so I wonder if she does it for attention or the reaction?<br><br>
I do tend to pull things out of her mouth if its too full, like the other day with the bagel.. she couldnt even chew!!! and she flipped out when I did it too..<br><br>
aargh......<br><br>
what do you suggest, this never happened with my two kids.
 

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A couple of my kids do it, and I have to watch them.<br><br>
She might be rushed at home, kids often do this when they are rushed, other times they just do it.
 

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My DD did that sometiimes around that age. I never thought much about why, to tell you the truth! I just reminded her to chew and said things like "slow down baby, chew, chew...swallow the food that's already in your mouth first"!
 

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My DD does this and has ever since she started self-feeding. Most of the time she can eventually eat it all, thought sometimes she'll shovel it in one-by-one and chew it for a while and then take it back out of her mouth later. She doesn't gag or anything, but she puts so much food in there that her cheeks get all poofed out and she can barely close her mouth. We have never rushed her through dinner time, and she gets lots of snacks throughout the day so she's not starving at dinner time, so I have no clue why she does this! But yeah, she pretty much does it all the time, with everything, adorable goofball that she is.
 

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This is soooo my DD. She does this too, and nothing has really worked. We say, "finish whats in your mouth first," and "chew it up and swallow first," and "one at a time," or "take small bites." GGRRRR...nothing works. We don't rush her either, or use food as a punishment/reward system. We just monitor it, and if it gets really bad, we step in. If she is doing it over and over in one meal, sometimes we put her plate next to me, and then hand her little bits at a time. I hate doing that, but sometimes it is what it takes so she won't choke. And she also has a strong gauge reflex. She allways has.. She has thrown up food alot since infancy, sometimes I think that might be why. She knows she is hungry, and wants to eat, but is maybe afraid to try and swallow it. If this continues, I would consider allergies (dd has enlarge lympth nodes and adanoids) or a soar throat, or teeth ache. GL
 

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dd is 16 months and does this quite often, then older she's getting the less she seems to do it but still. i just tell her to slow down and sometimes i pull some of the food back out of her mouth. i've also found that if i cut her food up and spread it out she tends to do it much less.
 

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It sounds like she may have some decreased awareness inside of her mouth and may not even have a clue about how much food is in her mouth. She may need a lot of food to register that there is something in there.<br><br>
Try "jazzing up" her food and mouth:<br>
heighten flavors using cinnamon or nutmeg in yogurt or applesauce<br>
present bland foods with a high-feedback flavored dip such as hummus, ranch dressing, or mild salsa<br>
maybe try adding a little seltzer to her water or juice if she drinks it (the bubbles provide great input!)<br>
massage her face and mouth with a washcloth (play around with different tempuratures- warm vs. cold) or vibrating toys<br>
continue to give the verbal cues to chew, chew, chew<br>
practice biting pieces off larger chunks of food- maybe she just has a hard time biting and needs to work on jaw strength
 

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Liam doesnt really "stuff" persay, but.....he will hold food in his mouth forever. Literally hours and hours. I dont know why. I think its disgusting, but I dont know how to make him stop. Pretty much whatever we eat at dinner, will still be in his mouth at bedtime. Gross huh?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It sounds like she may have some decreased awareness inside of her mouth and may not even have a clue about how much food is in her mouth. She may need a lot of food to register that there is something in there.<br><br>
Try "jazzing up" her food and mouth:<br>
heighten flavors using cinnamon or nutmeg in yogurt or applesauce<br>
present bland foods with a high-feedback flavored dip such as hummus, ranch dressing, or mild salsa<br>
maybe try adding a little seltzer to her water or juice if she drinks it (the bubbles provide great input!)<br>
massage her face and mouth with a washcloth (play around with different tempuratures- warm vs. cold) or vibrating toys<br>
continue to give the verbal cues to chew, chew, chew<br>
practice biting pieces off larger chunks of food- maybe she just has a hard time biting and needs to work on jaw strength</div>
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I agree, the stuffing is probably of foods that are not providing good sensory feedback for her. For example, my son would like to always eat crunchy foods - granola, rice cakes, frozen berries, etc. but if you give him a banana, which he does like, he will stuff the whole darn thing in his mouth. It is soft and he wants the crunchy feeling.
 

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this is a big one with my older dd who is almost 3. It drives me crazy that she does it. That is interesting about jazzing up the food. I think I'll try that...I'm at the point where I will almost try anything.
 
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