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    Default Help!! Swallowing food without chewing

    About a month ago I noticed that DS (15 months) would swallow something without first chewing it. It wasn't often so just put it down to laziness.

    He's now doing it constantly, with any food! This morning he are an entire banana without chewing it... Every bite (some big!) got swallowed whole. The same with spag bowl the other night, stew and rice, things that really need to be chewed!!! He just swallows it like it's nothing, sometimes straining.

    Surely that's terrible for his digestion? I have no idea how to stop him doing it. He's been on finger foods since 6 months and didn't really have any puree until about 3 months ago, which was very occasionally out of a pouch when out. It doesn't matter if the mouthful is big or small, fed to him or fed by him.What to do??

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    I'd go a week with harder foods to get him used to biting and chewing again - maybe the pouches confused him so any soft food now he just swallows? So hold off on the pasta and rice and banana and give him a whole apple, corn on the cob, rice cakes or cruskits etc to get him chewing again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I'd go a week with harder foods to get him used to biting and chewing again - maybe the pouches confused him so any soft food now he just swallows? So hold off on the pasta and rice and banana and give him a whole apple, corn on the cob, rice cakes or cruskits etc to get him chewing again!
    I second corn on the cob! Bub (16 months) just grabbed one from my plate one night when we were out and chomped away so I have made more of an effort to include it in home meals. Good for biting and chewing. "Use your teeth!" is what I say to him (showing him my own and biting them together dramatically) if he stuffs something in his mouth that I think is too big.

    I'd just be careful with apple. I do give it to bub now and then, but even as an adult I still can gag on little bits, and he does too, so I'm just cautious with it. Might not be a problem for you though.
    Last edited by debsch; 22-01-2014 at 09:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I'd go a week with harder foods to get him used to biting and chewing again - maybe the pouches confused him so any soft food now he just swallows? So hold off on the pasta and rice and banana and give him a whole apple, corn on the cob, rice cakes or cruskits etc to get him chewing again!
    We had corn on the cob last night with chops and snap peas and it all got swallowed, the snap peas got spat out (which he usually loves). He had 4 mini cobs and they were all polished off, but swallowed.

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    If it continues I believe speech therapists can help with this. Does he have his mouth open a lot? Drool a lot? These can be signs of allergies or enlarged adenoids leading to trouble breathing through nose which in turn leads to weak jaw muscles from the mouth always being open, hence making it harder for them to chew.

    All that said, it could just be a phase where they've decided sucking their food down is fun!

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