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    Default Baby chews but doesn't swallow

    DS now 15mth or so. On a good day he eats. But when he does, he just keeps spooning stuff into his mouth, chewing, skips the swallowing part, and keeps going.

    He does this at a normal pace. After 5-10min, his mouth is full and he gags and spits out the whole contents of his mouth.

    He used to eat fine.
    The only way we get him to swallow is to ask him to drink water.

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    HI Catbox

    I have 2 yr old twins, and my DD used to chew and spit food out all the time. She would go back for the same food, so I think she liked the food, but it was if there was something hindering the swallowing process. She is still a very poor eater, and is pretty much still on a liquid diet. She sounds alittle different to your DS, but it turns out that DD had very enlarged tonsils, and we are in the recovery process of having a tonsillectomy about 3 weeks ago now.

    Has this been eliminated with your DS? My DD was also a very very poor sleeper which is also part of enlarged tonsils, as is speech delays (apparently the mechanism used for speech is also used for swallowing).

    Just thought I'd mention this you in case it helps, if not, I hope someone else has some more helpful advice for you. It is so frustrating when they don't eat and the worry they aren't getting adequate nutrition. Good Luck

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    OK this sounds like something I'd need a GP to check out.
    DS is also teething probably, and had various other issues. Mid ear fluid has caused speech delays, we just operated.

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    Is there any chance that he has a mild tongue tie? If he has, it could be causing him difficulty in moving the food around his mouth efficiently to chew it enough to swallo. If he has, a speech therapist can give you some exercises to do with him that will get him chewing better therefore more confident to swallow.


 

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