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#1 Teah

Posted 02 December 2018 - 01:33 PM

ok so i have been trying since 6months to get some food (pureed) into my babies tummy but he either wont open his mouth or gags!! the only thing i have recently been able to get into him is porridge with apple! and i would say only about half a pouch or less a day. sometimes only about 8-10 baby teaspons!!

im not sure what else to do.....i know some ppl have said let him fees himself with finger foods but he will choke and yeaturday i broke up and mashed some potato and placed it on his highchair and he eventually put it in his mouth but then started semi choking and gaging!!

his a big boy and drinks milk every 3hrs 180mls.

should i be overly concerned or just give it more time?

is one feed ok?

should i cut out some milk??

i do always try feed him before milk usually after his first nap ill try feeding him and then give him milk.

any advice? anyone else have a baby that was or is like this???

ive been told that for the first 12months its all trial and fun and not to be too concernend unless baby is not putting on wieght etc .......?


#2 taters

Posted 02 December 2018 - 03:06 PM

My bub is 8 months and absolutely loves food. However when we started at about 6 months he was gagging a  lot too. We started with farex and fruit one feed per day and worked up from there. Try it very very thin as a puree and thn as he gets more used to it you can thicken it. That worked for us. Good luck :)

#3 petit_manchot

Posted 02 December 2018 - 03:10 PM

When you say he will choke, what do you mean? There’s a difference between choking and gagging, and gagging is a normal part of a baby learning to use their tongue and mouth. The sound can be quite disturbing if you’re not used to it, but there are some good videos on YouTube that show what it looks/sounds like when the baby gags.

I feel like I wouldn’t stress too much in your position? Milk should be the primary source of food up until one year (based on my understanding) so I would continue with milk as required and continue to gently introduce solids. You can’t force it before they’re ready, so maybe the shut mouth is a sign that he’s not interested.

There is a great website called Feeding Bytes, which is run by a paediatric dietician from the U.K.  She has heaps of resources for introducing solids, and a really great list of safe finger foods. I’ve learned so much from the info she has on the website.

#4 Teah

Posted 02 December 2018 - 03:33 PM

i do stress a little too much when i see him gagging and i suppose you wouldnt call it choking. i just get super scared. had an incident with my dd when she was little so i guess now im over the top careful.

i think i will just keep trying with one feed a day. and i think i will try the farex in a  bottle with his milk. my mum said she did that with us and it worked great.

i will have a look at that website PETIT, thank you.

#5 Mel1609

Posted 02 December 2018 - 03:34 PM

My first child was the same.  After weeks of trying i gave up-. My gp told me she was "lazy"- milk was quick and  required no effort.  So i stopped trying for a few weeks then tried again- success!

Most babies gsg, and their reflex is very strong so don't be too concerned.  After 3 kids i would definitely recommend finger food- makers everyone's life easier and it's more fun for your baby.  Don't stress too much OP. When they're ready they'll eat.

#6 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 02 December 2018 - 05:18 PM

View PostTeah, on 02 December 2018 - 03:33 PM, said:

i think i will just keep trying with one feed a day. and i think i will try the farex in a  bottle with his milk. my mum said she did that with us and it worked great.

Don't put Farex in his bottle. It has very little nutritional value and putting it in his bottle won't help him learn to eat. Our mum's were wrong on this! What does your MCHN say about Farex? My youngest is 5 but it was no longer recommended when I was introducing solids with her.

My firstborn was very reluctant to take solids. Breastmilk was his main food until about 14mo. He actually remains a very fussy eater still at 14yo. Had I known this I might have asked for more help earlier from a feeding specialist. Did he have any feeding issues early on?

Have you asked your MCHN for advice?

In the meantime I'd keep offering a mix of what you know he will eat, plus some variety.

Edited by FuzzyChocolateToes, 02 December 2018 - 05:22 PM.

#7 Christmas tree

Posted 02 December 2018 - 06:49 PM

I had one of those. Really didn’t take to eating until I weaned at 12 months.

I say don’t push it. I am firmly in the camp of you are just going to distress him and make it harder.

Keep up the finger foods. He will eat eventually,

#8 Jingleflea

Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:24 PM

Don't put anything in his bottle.

My Dd didn't take to solids until over 12 months, she has always been healthy. Some kids don't take to solids as early as others. I'ts not a bad thing, as long as they get milk, they'll be pretty ok.

Dd did prefer to self feed, she gnawed on a pizza crust or a lamb cutlet happily though.


Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:25 PM

All my kids hated Farex.

There was maybe 1/3 of a cup of food that they loved and if I even added 1/2 a teaspoon of Farex, they'd spit it back at me and then refused to open their mouth.

I wouldn't stress too much, maybe give it a break for a week or so and try again.  I agree with others, gagging is part or their development.

#10 Jingleflea

Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:33 PM

Have you tasted Farex? It's like clag glue!

#11 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:53 PM

Another who had a child with Zero interest in solids until 11-12m.

We pretty much started on finger foods when we did.

#12 BECZ

Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:57 PM

View PostJenflea, on 02 December 2018 - 07:33 PM, said:

Have you tasted Farex? It's like clag glue!

Nope!  My kids reactions were enough to tell me.  It wouldn't surprise me if it tasted like Clag, it sure looked like it if you cooked it by itself. (With just breastmilk)

I bought a box with every child, just because that's what they all recommend, but after a few goes each, I gave up.  I was just amazed that they could taste the tiniest amount.  

I just stuck to mushed up fruit and/or veg. until I added, egg etc.

Edited by BECZ, 02 December 2018 - 08:15 PM.

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