Son will not chew.

by Zane
(Australia)

My 3 year old son will not chew his food at all and therefore can only eat semi or pureed food. He can be a very difficult and demanding child but also very loving, caring and helpful. He seems to be very intelligent and learns very quickly but chooses to deliberately give the wrong answers to questions. He was a late talker but seems to be on par with other children his age now.His doctor says he has "behavioural issues" because he can certainly be "naughty" when he chooses to be.


The chewing really worries me because every occupational,speech and health specialist we have seen look at us blankly or with disbelief when we explain his chewing problem. He had severe reflux from birth and would violently bring up almost everything he ate. This problem has largely been controlled with medication. He was diagnosed at 10 months with hypermelanosis of ito which has now been ruled out and with autism at 2years old which has also now been ruled out. These incorrect diagnosis' have caused us endless sleepless nights and anxiety.

Are there any professionals out there who are not quick to put a label on a child and actually study all aspects of the child before making hasty life changing diagnosis'. He displays some of the symptoms of SPD but I can not find any help topics on his chewing problem. Any suggestions on who can or how I can help him with his chewing?

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Sep 12, 2016
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Daughter with SPD
by: Anonymous

Hi, my daughter has sensory processing issues so I can relate to the frustration you feel. We're currently working with an occupational therapist and speech therapist. For the chewing issues we're using a tool before each meal called a z-vibe. It comes with interchangeable attachments for the child to chew on. It vibrates as well, but that's a bit much for our child so we usually leave it turned off. Facial message on the cheeks and around the mouth is also another technique we're using. Good luck and remember this too shall pass. May take awhile, but we'll get through it!

Sep 08, 2016
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Jesus and the miracle
by: Jennifer

Dear Anonymous,
Please. Jesus healed your son and gave you a miracle because you prayed? Does that mean that the countless other people who've prayed for a miracle with their own children aren't worthy of Jesus, that he decided your son was worth it and all of the other kids have to live like they're living now? Come on.

Aug 23, 2016
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Eating issues
by: Anonymous

My soon to be three yr old has sensory problems and also his four year old brother has it to, both speech delayed but my three year old has under a 15 word vocabulary. the pediatrician thinks he may also have apraxia waiting till after his third birthday before having him evaluated.

Very limited on what he will eat typical snack foods, yogurt, pancakes, egg, Mac and cheese, but he won't eat meat also likes to take soft foods and crumbles it on floor spreads it around and picks it up and eats the tiny crumbs. He also loves smacking the tv and fighting me while trying to put him in the car. Looking for any suggestions or outcomes from others who's kids do the same.

Aug 12, 2016
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my son 4,5 years dont chew
by: mom in indonesia

Im shock also feel bit relieved seeing im not alone hving this problem. My son dont chew at all. He will vomit if given solid food. And dx asd and sensory integration disorder .he still cannot speak just afew word repetition. Its so frustating..to see him eating and crying. So sad..devastating

Jul 03, 2016
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Speech sensory feeding
by: Anonymous

I am a speech language pathologist. You probably found an SLP that isn't comfortable or knowledgable with feeding. My own children both had sensory feeding issues. If I were you, I would purchase a chewy tube (around $12 or so depending on where you get it) and place the end on his back teeth. He should naturally start to bite down promoting a stronger rotary chew movement. Let him hold it and bite on it. Then, slowly start to incorporate different textures. Start with soft chewable foods that he wouldn't get choked on. Hope this helps some. Please get a second opinion from another SLP in your area that could offer more therapy options.

Jun 11, 2016
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All Glory and Honor to God Alone for he did a miracle in my son's life
by: Anonymous

Hello,
My son is now 25 months old.At the time of his 2nd birthday he wouldn't even eat an Icecream cake.He doesn't know how to chew,he would only lick the food and then drop them off.Would just eat only puréed foods.The doctors said that he needs feeding therapy but we didn't go for it.I waited on the Lord.

I was also very desperate for my son to have solid foods like any other toddler.I showed him how to chew and bite but nothing helped.I prayed and depended only on him and he opened the door for the miracle in my son' s life.I saw a sudden change .At first he started biting instead of just licking the foods and then 2 weeks later he literally chewed his food to my amazement and now he is eating solid foods.Only JESUS can do it .Please don't lose hope .

I wanted to share this so that it would bring comfort to many parents.So there's nothing on my part but just trusted GOD.He might open the door in any way by bringing a healing preacher in contact or some professionals who could really help your child or can be an instant healing.

Mar 14, 2016
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Speech therapy
by: Anonymous

If your son doesn't chew, take him immediately to a speech therapy specialist. Don't waste time and take him. This kind of specialist will help, believe me, I know.

Mar 01, 2016
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My Son 3 and Won't Chew and....
by: JoeTucson

He won't put anything in his mouth. When he was born he would not latch and was put on formula which did not agree with him. He cried non stop, painful gas and constipation. I switched him to German formula and he was 70% better. German formula didn't have all the junk U.S. baby formulas put in. And of course all the doctors said he was fine, just acid reflux. Then 6 months, he showed interest in eating, I gave him pureed carrots, he loved it, then an hour later screaming, next day gave him greenbean puree, same thing....then he didn't trust me anymore and stopped eating and developed severe anxiety and fear everytime I put anything close to his mouth that wasn't food. Fast forward, he has been diagnosed with autism and none of the doctors have gotten down to business in regards to his gas, reflux, food sensitivity issues. He is now going to be 3, entering a program/school that has an OT and Speech therapist available to him. After ALL the professionals I have visited and thousands of dollars, crying and fustration....no one can tell us why our son is so afraid to eat/chew. All I can say is don't give up, you are your child's only advocate. I am trying a naturopathic doctor.

Jan 25, 2016
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update on my 8 year old
by: Zaleena

The exact thing happened to us - took the child to the doctor and they said "behavioral" and then the look at us bluntly and walked out of the room. OT will say the same as well, it is very frustrating and did cause us sleepless night as well, but I think is something as a parent have to deal with cause all these professionals do, is to swipe the insurance card and leave you to figure it out. My child wasn't chewing as well, but was never put on any meds. From birth my child use to vomit and not chew, but we struggled and pray and I guess our prayers are answered. She is now 8 years old and eats everything but slowly, but she eats it normal, no puree and I am happy with that. I wish you all the best, just be patient and everything will work out.
ZallyM@aol.com

Jan 24, 2016
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To the original poster
by: Anonymous

We have identical stories look up Dysmotility. This is why your toddler is throwing up his foods they are not digesting in a timely manner.

Nov 16, 2015
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sensory disorder
by: vanessa

Hi I have a 3 year old that doesn't chew only puree n some smash like puree I'll make soup of chicken with potatoes n Mexican sqash.green beans . carrots. Broccoli n when it's done I put everything in the blender I also do ground turkey n add the same veggies I also make ground turkey with spaghetti I smash that very well n she likes it I also make her rice n beans smash together n eats them good or eggs with beans smash good together n eats them to or I put 2 strawberry one banana n little bit of cherrios n bit of milk blend it n she eats that to n she also likes yogurt n jello I need more recipe anyone have any my Lil one weights 25 pounds she needs to gain more pounds

Sep 10, 2015
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To the desperate lady
by: Anonymous

Do not listen to those that judge. You are doing the right thing blending the foods together. It is too time consuming doing it separately. I still use mostly baby oatmeal mixed with pureed fruit and the pureed fruit by itself. I also mix cream of chicken soup with chicken broth, cheddar cheese and cream to make chicken cheddar soup.I blended the beef veggy macaroni soup I made for the rest of the family so it was smooth and served it to my downs son. Also pureed chili. Sounds like you are doing all you can.

Sep 10, 2015
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Help
by: Anonymous

To the person who has the child with Down Syndrome, I have a 4-year-old with DS and he could never chew his food and I'm consumed with guilt that I didn't try hard enough, or didn't start earlier enough in trying, but we feared so much how he would choke just on liquids, and gagged on solids. He now has no interest in food unless it is pureed and will eat just about anything. My problem is that I have a food processor. One food processor. I'm running out of meal ideas. Say I fix a pork roast, potatoes, and carrots, I have to mix all three. Or my choice is to, find something to mix with the pork to make it a gooey consistency (the blades won't get under the food), then wash same container out and puree each food. It is very tiring all day long doing this and I have no microwave right now either. I've went through two Magic Bullets and they were my life savers. I'm saving for another, but we lost everything when we lost our business due to the economy. It's really hard, but we are making it back, but I have just run out of options for healthy food choices mostly out of frustration, mostly being judged by others, telling me to do them separately when he likes them mixed, but some things I cannot mix. Any ideas? I'm desperate for ideas?

Jul 30, 2015
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Son doesn't chew
by: Anonymous

I have a 12 year old downs boy who only eats purrees. We have just accepted it. He cannot chew food and use to choke when he tried. He still eats baby food. I make creams soups for him also. He only eats one flavor pudding and doesn't like yogurt. He is a perfect weight, so we don't worry. He has no digestive issues or upset stomachs. Hope this is encouraging to others.

Jul 28, 2015
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same same story
by: riggzii

Hie my son is 14months.. he still doesn't eat solid food... he only like pureed food..just cant eat semi solid food.. i need help n m very worried about his chewing habit.. any success story.. plzz help us.

Jul 24, 2015
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Chiropractic
by: Anonymous

Try watching Chiropractic care with children on youtube and look for infants/babies common problems...Weve been amazed on how these specialist look at the body in a very different way!Try watching this first for you to understand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqKHZf7p0rc

and this one is for the care given to a baby with reflux
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqsGW62fxVc

you can a watch a lot of cases along the way but try watching those under chiropractic excellence.

thanks! hope this will give you a reason not to panic and to look at health in a very different way

May 29, 2015
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What worked for us
by: Anonymous

My son has has acid reflux and did not want to even eat the little puffs that melt in your mouth when I first introduced them. I had to wait a month or so and try it again and it still didn't work. I kept waiting a month and trying again and he finally ate them. He ate pureed foods just fine. We didn't have any problems eating baby food until I introduced the stage 3 foods with the the chunks of vegetables in it. He would find the chunks and spit every last piece back out and would often gag. I ended up coming to the conclusion through trial and error that he did not like mixed textured food. It had to be a 1 dimensional texture, it could not be puree and chunks. I ended up working with an Occupational Therapist that told me his texture aversions were due to sensory issues. He ate primarily pureed foods past 2 years old. He is now 3.5 yo and will eat just about anything.

If your child is under the age of 3 research your state's Early Intervention program, they were a great resource for us. My son was a preemie, he walked late and had feeding issues and they helped a great deal.

May 12, 2015
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2 year old and not chewing too
by: Anonymous

My son is 2 and he doesn't chew either. But I'm thinking this could be because he's a late teether. As of now, he only has 8 teeth in total. 4 front teeth (2 upper & 2 lower) and 4 first molars on each side. Late teething runs in his father's side of the family. However, he doesn't gum his food either since he started on solids. He always swallow his food whole.

He is now on table food; but I need to chop the vegetables & meats really finely and the meals have to be soup-based (for lunch) and porridge (for dinner). Otherwise, he can't swallow and will gag and will need water to help swallow the foods.

Other than this teething & eating delay, he's on track with the rest of the milestones. In fact, he can string 4-5 words now and can communicate well. Do you think I should worry or wait till he has more teeth and judge then?

Apr 30, 2015
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Sequential Oral Sensory Approach
by: Anonymous

I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist in California. I work with several children who have similar difficulties.

Chewy tubes will not necessarily transfer over to eating skills. If you want to train eating skills you need to work with actual foods. I use the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach which not only uses foods to target improved chewing and eating skills but also looks at a wide variety of reasons for the individual's difficulties including sensory aversion, previous bad experiences with food, possible lack of oral motor skills.

Instead of using chewy tubes, this approach follows a typical developmental hierarchy, first focusing on teaching children to chew large, hard foods that won't break into pieces when chewed, e.g., large carrot sticks, rolled up pieces of dried mango. From there they progress as the therapist sees fit.

The founders of this approach give conferences all over the world. You may be able to find a trained therapist near you. In the meantime, I recommend patience and keep pureeing his foods (no chunks because you don't want to perpetuate the habit if him swallowing pieces whole).

Best of luck!

Apr 12, 2015
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Chewy Tube
by: MommaofJames

My son just had his 3rd birthday ( he is diagnosed global delays, ASD, and is non-verbal) and I came on the Internet now searching for ways to help him chewy his food, as he swallowes everything whole then regurgitates it because he is missing the first step of digestion, CHEWING! He loves all foods, but has had this problem since food was introduced. His speech therapist introduced a Chewy Tube to him about 1 year ago. At first he would not put it in his mouth, but now we take it everywhere. He chewys all the time. He has bitten me so I know he has strong jaw muscles but I still can not get him to translate this to food. Im just as lost as ya'll are, but the chewy tube has helped strengthen the muscles that he'll need to use to chew!

Mar 28, 2015
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Hope this helps.....
by: Anonymous

My son is 22 months old and does not chew food at all. He started off with an extremely high gag reflex with any type of textured food. He will not drink from a sippy cup or straw but drank from a bottle and now an open cup just fine. You can tell that he wants to eat everything but can't due to not chewing.
However, I live in Evansville, Indiana and at one of our hospitals (St. Mary's Center for Children) here in town, we have a feeding clinic! Seriously, I had never even heard of it until we discovered this problem with my son! We have been attending twice a week for 1 hour each session for the past 9 - 10 months!They are amazing and have helped my son so much! We still have a ways to go but he truly has come a long way! They anticipated that it would take at least 1 year. People travel from all over to attend. Many stay in hotels. I know how frustrating it is to want to help your child and can't seem to understand. I strongly encourage this program!

One thing we do is to buy mesh from a fabric store. Like the kind that has little holes in it that you could put pouporii in. Cut it in to small squares (approx 2X2) and twist up a small piece of food ( start with baby cookies, veggie straws , muffin pieces, moving up to meat) Hold it between your child's molars and hold their head steady while you count to 10 ( hoping for them the chomp down that many times) then switch sides. It's a process but definitely seems to help with learning to chew.
Hope that helps a little but definitely look for a feeding clinic! There is such a thing! Best of luck and I'm right there with you!

Mar 23, 2015
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10 month old?
by: Anonymous

I notice a lot of people with this problem are having it with toddlers and older. Is it normal that I have this issue with my 10 month old who should be finger feeding? He will eat puffs but no food that I make ( I make all his food homemade) if it ha chunks he will spit it out :(

Mar 16, 2015
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TalkTools Therapist
by: Helga

I checked the suggestions by one of the writer's on find a TalkTools Therapist in our area. I live in Edmonton, AB Canada. There is no talkTools Therapist in Alberta. Any other suggestions?

My son is now 12, I first wrote on this site with he was 7 years old. He is now involved with a OT therapist, that has taken us to introducing some snacks that involve texture. My son normally eats yogurt, but not if it has big lumps. She introduced a peach yogurt (which has lumps) in therapy, taking out really big lumps). he loved it, then she introduced apple sauce (which is new to him) mixed with grated carrot (the carrot flavour is already in a soup that is purred in a soup that he currently eats). She mixed it with the yogurt, again he really liked it.

The way the OT wants to do this is - take current food/snacks that he eats and e x p a n d the flavour which is not always easy. My son likes everything the same. Yogurts we have expanded new flavours to lemon, peach, field berry. Puddings we expanded to Banna, lemon meringue, toffee caramel. Then we are going to mix some things that he currently has already in his food intake and add it to the foods he eats (she calls it "keep the same food family"). For example, for breakfast he currently eats this cereal that comes in the form of flakes (honey flavoured) and we mix it a cup of milk. It is very thin and not lumpy, but if he takes too long to eat it, it gets thicker and mushy. That flaked cereal also comes in chocolate flavour,which he has never accepted in the past. The OT introduced the sprinkling the chocolate flakes into his yogurt. He now eats this as a snack and the texture is different, and not smooth. This is huge for us. We have had trouble changing texture. I feel we may FINALLY have someone that can move us forward even though this is a baby step.

I can be contacted a hwoywitka@shaw.ca if anyone would like to talk.


Mar 16, 2015
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DFC
by: Anonymous

My daughter is 4yrs. old and she only eats her foods pureed or such things as applesauce, chobani 2x a day, soft foods ; cut up very small w/ no chewing at all! She has "global delays" and ADS at this time still doing testing. She she's an OT specialist once a week for food class and that's for a 1/2 hr. and motor skills in the gym for for the other 1/2 hr. We have been going for a yr. now. We just having seen much progress.. we are frustrated like others w/ this problem and I have no support people "don't understand"! Unless they are going thru this. Any suggestions?

Feb 24, 2015
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son age 6 1/2 doesn't chew
by: AS

my son has learning difficulties, he doesn't chew and needs purees or yogurt etc. He feeds himself. It's so frustrating. I've been to so many specialists and have just been told it will take time!!!!

Feb 21, 2015
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TalkTools!!!!
by: Anonymous

Please find a Talktools therapist near you. They will address both the sensory and motor components for chewing.

Jan 04, 2015
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My 7 year old daughter
by: Zaleena Hansen

i use to have this exact problem with my new born, the doctors and other medical professionals will stare at me with a blank face as of to what I am saying about my child. I must say i am grateful for how far I have come in this stuff and unsolvable situation. My daughter is presently eating solids and any food but with a severe slow motion, but I am still contended with this. Thank God!!

Zaleena Hansen
ZallyM@aol.com

Jan 04, 2015
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Try eating and swallowing center
by: Anonymous

My son had a similar issue. Now he is eating about a quarter of his food as chewables now. The other 3/4ths are still pureed. For a month, we were at a feed center. For the 1st time, we met with medical professionals who did not rule him out by throwing hands in the air. They took him back to pureed food & slowly worked up to thickened puree. Today we are at broccoli & carrot. Please note, it took an additional 5 months after leaving the center to get to this point! The label "picky eater" is used when people don't understand this condition.

Oct 27, 2014
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Same condition we have with you
by: Erkin

Hi
We have same condition with you. Our 3.5 year old boy only eats puree or processed food. He never chews.
He is not interested in chocolate or other food which is wonderful for other children.
My wife is having hard time to feed him every time and he coughs even vomits sometime when we ask him to eat some bigger pieced food.

We were told that because he is prematurely born and had grow up issues before born (SGA) this may be the reason.

Now we are looking for a therapist to help him on this (and us also)

Good luck to you and us..


Oct 23, 2014
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Sara
by: Anonymous

Hi Sara how did they test him and what other signs does he have?

Oct 23, 2014
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Not chewing
by: Sara

Hello I have a 3 yr old boy. He has chewing issue but he had his development check up in hospital they diagnosed him with autism. I m totally lost and hard to accept it.

Sep 12, 2014
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Not chewing
by: WORRIED MOM

My son will be three soon and won't chew. He's in therapy but can anyone tell me if they have any success stories??

Jun 28, 2014
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child eating problem
by: janu.

My son 3yr kid not chew food he just swallow.every spoon of food he drink water and swallow them .food want to put mixer otherwise he wont eat how to tackle this problem.please helpme..

Jun 02, 2014
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My Son has Down Syndrome and ONLY eats very limited puree's
by: Anonymous

I too have the same problem, only my son is 11. He is a thin boy, and I worry so much that he WILL need more. I have had a revolving door of OTs, I find even the professionals give up on us.

I would be THRILLED if my son could eat soft foods like scrambled egg, pancakes, soft noodles, cubed chicken, beef etc.

For those of you who have found success, PLEASE, PLEASE, tell me what you have done to get your child chewing.




Jun 02, 2014
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My son is not chewing foods & vomiting
by: kcs

My son is an age of 7years plus still he is not willing to take any food. I have been trying to create his intreasted giving different foods. He has been taking food forcefully by her mother, making semi-liquid and semi-solid food. many times, at the finish time of food he is taking out by vomiting. He is unable to keep food some time in mouth. No chewing by teeths, direct taking to stomach. Biscuits are not also chewing by teeth. There is no health problem, he has sound health. One time I have kept him hungry 24 hrs with out giving food and water, nothing effect him to attract food. Just gone sleep only. I forcefully telling him to run and cycle running for creating hungry but not effecting him. From the age of 4 years I have beening showing different doctors like pediatric, medicines, dentist, surgery etc. All are tried giving some medicine and also giving some liquid foods taking infront of him nothing influenced him. I am requesting to every one of different professions and specialist please help me to living an enjoy life instead of living a tensionlife every day thinking only about only child.

Mar 23, 2014
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There is help out there!
by: Cory

I am only just a newly graduated Occupational Therapist, so I am definitely no expert, but it seems like all of the families I work with have tried EVERYTHING to get their kids to chew/eat new foods. I completely understand how hard this process is for everyone involved, there is some good information out there.

I HIGHLY recommend the book 'Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges!' by Lori Ernsperger.

In the book she talks about why it might be that your child is experiencing these issues with foods and exactly how you might be able to start addressing it.

I am just starting on this adventure with one of my clients now. Find an occupational therapist who will listen to your concerns and who may not know all the answers but is willing to support you through this time and brainstorm together with you to come up with ideas to support your child in their acceptance of new foods.

Good luck everyone!

Feb 08, 2014
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Daughter does not chew well
by: Anonymous

My 14years daughter keeps food so long in her mouth and tries to swallow without chewing. Takes forever to eat a single meal. Any idea how can I help her?

Sep 02, 2013
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Update
by: Anonymous

I wanted to update my situation. I am the mom with 2 children with the same eating problem. My daughter is almost 5 now, and improved a lot. She can eat everything now, but it takes her some time to chew and swallow some foods (especially the ones with fiber, such as vegetables). My 3 year old son is also improving, albeit very slowly. He still mainly eats pureed foods, but started eating (I mean chewing) scrambled eggs, little bit of chicken, cheese, french fries, pizza and macaroni & cheese. We don't forbid any 'junk' food in our home, because we want them to get used to different textures and practice chewing. He still gets his nutrition from the pureed foods that I prepare for him. He is still like a 12 month old learning how to eat solid food. It takes him almost an hour to eat 1 small slice of pizza. But as I learned from my daughter, this is how the progression goes. The good thing is, he started getting interested in solid foods. He wants to try them himself and even a small bite helps. So, he is getting there, and I am trying to be patient (although it really is hard sometimes).

As a fun anecdote, we got a fish couple of months ago. He didn't eat for 2 weeks after we bought him. And then he started eating only treats, not his regular food (he eventually died couple of months later). So, I thought I must be so jinxed that even my fish had an eating disorder :)

Sep 02, 2013
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help anyone son will not chew....
by: Anonymous

my son is 2years old and only eat pudding certain types of baby food mainly stage 2/3 but he doesn't eat the puffs, he drinks milk some juice every time we try to make him eat he closes his mouth , we have been going to therapy she said he was tongue tie, we had it clipped and he still hasn't started eating ...has anyone been down this same road I don't know what else to try . He is in the 80% for his height and weight I just want some new ideas. he want eat bread crumbs mixed in applesauce if he feels the different texture he spits it out .

Jun 12, 2013
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My 2 year old not eating OR WALKING
by: Anonymous

My son turned 2 yesterday, he is not eating solid foods at all. The sight of food made him gag months ago, but now he is able to touch and lick solid foods, still no chewing. We live in the Richmond VA area, We have seen a Neurologist, a GI Doctor, Early Intervention, Geneticist and had a Swallow test done (results where normal). Now we are on the 1 year waiting list for the Childrens Hospital feeding clinic. Its frustrating because it seems like every doctor is saying something different, one says hes fine; hes taking his time and the others are testing for certain things but no diagnosis yet.

He isn't walking ether, he didn't roll until 10 months or crawl until 16 months he can hold on to furniture etc. and cruse and occasionally take a few steps while holding my hands. His feet roll inward and toes point out when standing but doesn't seem to be a concern for the therapists at early intervention. Any mother would love to hold their baby as much as possible, but hes 38 lbs and every day gets harder and harder leaving the house carrying him.

I read most of the comments below and you have some helpful tips! If anyone has more helpful tips or ideas for not eating OR walking please let me know... Thank you.

Mar 12, 2013
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I have 2 children with eating problems
by: Anonymous

I have 2 children with mild sensory problems.

My 4 yo daughter started eating pureed solids at 6 months. She used to throw up her milk until 7 months. At 2.5 yo she could chew pasta and fries but I had to puree everything else. And she threw up a lot even with the purees. She is now good at eating most carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice, fries, waffles and cookies; rarely throws up. But she has problem chewing meats and vegetables. I make pureed soups everyday for lunch but don't puree the dinners so that she will practice chewing. But she keeps on chewing vegetables, so it takes a very long time for her to finish dinner. The funny thing is, she can eat fries very easily, can even stuff her mouth with a bunch of them. But she has hard time chewing 1 tiny potato in a meal. And she can't swallow most meat even after chewing for a very long time. Even with the purees, she doesn't want to feed herself. If I feed her, she finishes the pureed food in 10 min. But if I let her eat by herself, it takes her a very long time to finish with a lot of nagging nonetheless. She does not want to try new foods. She eats bananas, tried blueberries, tangerines, and strawberries maybe once; so I puree the fruits as well.

My 2.5 yo son didn't start solids until he was 14 mo. He, too used to throw up his milk until he was 7 mo. He refused breast feeding at 8 months for no apparent reason. So I bottle-fed him only breastmilk until he was 12 mo, but started sneaking in fruit purees in his breastmilk after that. I also tried sneaking in baby cereal in his bottle but he didn't accept that. He didn't throw up as much as my daughter did as a toddler. But unlike her even the tinniest solid in his purees will either make him gag or he will spit it out/take it out. I took him to an occupational therapist recently and the therapist diagnosed him with Infantile Anorexia along with the sensory problems. I had not heard of Infantile Anorexia before, but learning about it made a lot of sense. So, I recommend parents to research that and see if the recommendations will help them.

Developmentally, my daughter was right on track with language. She has a hard time pronouncing the letter R, but it still seems like age appropriate. My son started talking very early and is advanced for his age in a lot of areas except eating of course! Both of my children have good weights; around 85th-75th percentile respectively. They do eat everything I put infront of them which is all kinds of fruits, vegetables, meats, legumes and grains. But they only eat 3 times/day and eat maybe 1 snack or not. So I try to increase the caloric values of their intakes with giving whole milk or adding butter, heavy cream, sour cream etc into their foods.

Trying to feed 2 children with the same problem for the last 4 years has been very frustrating for me. It feels like my life is revolving around trying to make them eat. They seem to get better, but the progression is unfortunately very slow.

Feb 27, 2013
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chewing in the front teeth
by: Anonymous

http://www.thespeechmama.com/2011/12/30/how-to-improve-tongue-movement-and-rotary-chewing-in-children-with-down-syndrome/

also search for tongue thrust.

Feb 17, 2013
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For 24 yr old
by: Anonymous

You should try the GAPS diet. It may be able to help you if you have SPD.

Feb 16, 2013
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im 24
by: Anonymous

hey im 24yrs of age i keep posting but no show but i am 24yrs of age living with THIS current eating disorder not chewing food living on liquid diet or vanilla custard milo you name it i dont eat it also had the same reactions as a child gag and spew i dont know if i am i thought as i was the only one but i am the one of the 1st to be i think to be living at 24yrs of age ment to die at 18 & i hide my dissorder more for the fact of judgement of being judged sounds bad but is the way i am for whatever life throws at me, i guess but if there is anyone older i would be supprised

Jan 28, 2013
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Son just turned 4, still doesn't chew
by: Anonymous

My son just turned 4 this month. He has sensory defensiveness. He will only eat pureed, msshed, and smooth foods. If you try anything with any kind of meat or clump in it, he immediately gags and throws up. I as well thought that my son was the only child with this problem. Now that I see how many of us parents are suffering and how many children are suffering through such a difficult process, I am even more frustrated. It seems that none of us are really receiving any answers or solutions to this. I too am worried about the long term effects of this nutritionally and socially. My son has been seeing a speech therapist, physical therapist and occupational therapist, all twice a week for a year. All other aspects of his sensory problems have greatly gotten better but there has not been any progress in eating. Does anyone have any other websites, doctors, or resources to share. Thanks!

Jan 19, 2013
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My 4 year old...
by: Anonymous

Marci, would you consider posting your email so I can contact you? I have a four year old on with Down syndrome who sounds o much like your son.. I would love to know more about what you've tried with your son. You can contact me as we'll at kappagal@hotmail.com


Dec 19, 2012
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Help my 5 year old don't chew
by: Anonymous

Hello can someone help I'm pulling my hair out, my son is five and does not eat solid or lumpy food, I have to blend it and if Its something he not sure of I have to feed him , he will only feed himself smooth foods, I is in reception class at school now and every day he has soup or spag hoops with yogurt, it's effecting his health he is very anaemic and suffers with severe constipation and even been admitted to hospital twice he has 2-4 movicol aday to provide him comfort emptying his bowels but he still blends and his stool is that big it's blocked our toilet, he is a petite lad very active and on the ball with everything, he has blood tests every three months and every time he still anaemic he is on .3ml of iron daily so it's important I push fruit bit again blend it, if there is a trace of lumps he vomits all his food up and it's very destressing for him, I'm getting no help or support from n e one, still waiting to c if he autistic

Nov 27, 2012
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4 year not chewing. Eating only blended food
by: Jas

My son who is 4 also doesn't chew foods. He till date eats only blended food and will not eat food that's not in purée form since he gags and grows up on them. He also doesn't self feed. Feeding him is a mission coz he needs distraction. I have lately heard that its not good to give kids blended food since it weakens their system and doesn't give them strength. How much is this true.
Any suggestions please email me at jasleen0213@gmail.com

Please advice what to do as I'm very worried about his feeding problem.

Nov 24, 2012
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i thought i was alone
by: Anonymous

my son is now 3 1/2 and does not chew. he was dignosed with sever gatro reflux and was given an op when he was 18 months, he stopped puking but he never learnt how to eat, he only eats yogurts and cereals at present and is very reluctant to try something new or even try to chew and eat, we have seen many speach therapists but nothing is helping or working, otherwise he is a perfectly normal child. we feel very stuck and helpless as parents but we just done know what to do anymore.


Nov 17, 2012
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My son the chipmunk
by: Anonymous

Really wonder what the link is. My son has had eating difficulties since young. Even to today, he still often spends 2 hours to finish a meal. Sometimes, he keeps food in his cheeks and keep them there for even longer, and has his cheeks full through violin lessons and all. He was picked out for giftedness by the education authorities, and is advanced in music for his age. But sometimes, he seems not to 'get it' as well as his peers when it comes to verbal instructions. He loves reading and puzzles, and numbers, but talks rather little, especially to non-family members. Going to see an educational psychologist soon for tests to see if they can out anything.

Nov 08, 2012
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What has worked....part 2
by: Marci

(Part 2 of 2) 5. My son can now swallow a variety of foods if we finely mince the foods and mix them with textures that help "wash" the food down - mashed potatoes, yogurt, mashed carrot, beet or winter squash. He eats a wide variety of foods - meat, fish, cooked veggies, soft fruits and fruit sauces.
I have researched the causes of chewing delays and some are related to sensory processing disorders, as well as a variety of other cognitive or developmental factors. As my son is growing, I am learning to accept that this may just be part of who he is. My priorities now are his nutrition and safety. Our meals are planned around foods we can prep to a texture he can swallow. I bring food he can eat with us most anywhere when we are away from home. He is being taught not to take foods from other people and as he grows I will teach him how to prepare foods to a texture he can safely eat. - No chicken nuggets, tortilla chips, candy or so many of the other things kids usually eat. So, we have to always be prepared. We have had some scary incidents in the past so we have learned - no eating in the car, always have someone sitting with him when he eats and remind him not to overfill his mouth.
To all of you on this post, know you are not alone. I have felt your pain of having doctor's and specialists be at a loss for how to help. I hope some of this info give you hope. Be patient and try to focus on the blessings each day has to offer.

Nov 08, 2012
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What has helped....
by: Marci

(Part 1 of 2) My son is 7 years old and has Down syndrome. I still have to finely mince many foods so he can eat them without choking but I'm happy to share what has helped over the past few years. He had been in the NICU for 2 months at birth with an NG tube. He then had open-heart surgery before he finally was able to come home. He was on Zantac then Prevacid for the reflux. He showed an aversion to anything in his mouth early on and would easily choke. He would not chew on anything during teething and his teeth came in late but healthy. We used the following types of therapies to help him become more aware of his mouth muscles -
1. lightly tapping his lips (with clean hands obviously)
2. Holding a vibrating toy lightly against his cheeks
3. Using a spin brush to brush his teeth - use a small head brush and sing the ABCs as you go to distract a bit. If you child resists brushing make a 2-person job. Have child sit on your lap facing you with legs around your waist. Have other person sit opposite you with knees touching yours. Gently lay the child back cradling head in your hands and have the other person brush gently with the spin brush. Be careful not to let the child choke. Tell him or her how proud you are and celebrate with praise and yays when done. Over time, you may find your child no longer needs to be reclined to brush and eventually he or she may look forward to brushing. Be patient, this took several years for my son.
4. Try long skinny cracker=like foods like VeggieStix and try to place them in child's mouth to the side (over the teeth). My son now chews foods like VeggieStix, Saltines, animal crackers, goldfish, small cookies.

Nov 06, 2012
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Daughter not chewing
by: Anonymous

I also have a 2 and half year daughter and she does not chew solid foods. she is also slow on the speech. But she is a super smart girl but just has this one challenge. I wanted to send her to school next year and i m worried what if she dont eat there and faint :(. Because of this fear only i am still keeping her at home.

please anyone suggest to get this issue resolved.

Oct 23, 2012
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3 year old
by: Cyrickain

I also have a 3 yo son and he does not chew solid foods. He is also slow on the speech. He can use my computer and android to find what he wants but he can't understand how to chew.

I think that he is a super smart boy but just has this one challenge. I am glad that all you moms posted on this board it helps me and my wife understand that we are not the only ones.

Yes I am a dad and I thank you all for posting

Aug 22, 2012
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Gaps
by: Anonymous

Search gaps diet, this has helped our child immensely. Make sure to go to dr. Mcbrides website: gaps.me, children not chewing or only eating puréed foods, as well as infant reflux, is a symptom of gut dysbiosis. You won't find this information through your doctor or therapist.

Jun 18, 2012
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have courage
by: Anonymous

I had posted info abt my son and his disorder many months ago. My son has now begun eating non-pureed food, though rice can be still a problem.He has started eating breads, biscuits, etc,yet to accept fruits, but am sure he will get there someday. My advice : please do keep visiting an oral therapist and religiously do whatever exercises suggested. Keep trying lil' finger foods, just keep at it. Am sure come one day, you will find the children picking up solids and somehow chewing them. Mine still has problems eating chunks, but hey he does gorge on chocolates. Well thats a start, if any. Cheers n courage.


Jun 18, 2012
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3 yr old still wont chew
by: Viktoria

i have a faceboook page toddler not chewing my son just turned 3 and still not chewing ,. we have been to the dentis t recently they did xray nothing wrong w / teeth etc,, ecxept he need s a cleaning and brushing twice a day. i m frustrated eevery day . he hates eating will only self feed himself with puddings smooth texture food. everything else i blend and fork mash i had to feed him with distraction adding banana pudding after each bite or apple sauce. we just started 2/ week OT but still not enuf! we need someone at leat 5times a week for this to work . I cant do it myself, my son is more resistant w/ me than w/ the OT> . im still considering the Gastronologist just to rule out every possible complications. i just dont understant how this can happen to someone just a few kids and the reason fro ti.

Mar 07, 2012
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20 month old's experience
by: Anonymous

My son is currently 20 months. He started throwing up at 1month, and so we went from 80% breastmilk to 100% breastmilk. He was on the 50% percentile for weight and height until he was 8 months, when I stopped breastfeeding. During that time, he still threw up daily or every other day with the breastmilk. We started introducing solids at 5 months, and he continued to throw up. He would only eat pureed carrots, and after eating a bit of that, he would cover his mouth with his hand. We thought it was cute and kept pushing the food, but then he would throw up.

Over the next few months, his weight started dropping until he was under the 3rd percentile at 12 months. He stayed there til he was 15 months and then we were referred to a pediatrician who treats feeding issues, and started seeing weekly speech language and OT for his picky eating/vomiting. By now, he was refusing all solids and would cry or push the food away whenever it was placed in front of him, or just the sight of food would lead him to gag and throw up. He would only eat pureed food. He continued to throw up, but only twice a week til he was 18 months, and so we put him on Ranitidine, and he started eating more. The speech language therapist said he wasn't chewing and she actively taught him how to chew. At 20 months, his weight is still at the 1st percentile, height 10-25%percentile, he's not speaking much, but is learning how to eat more foods.

He's still very cautious and the reasoning of why he wouldn't eat: 1: Reflux undiagnosed that led him to vomit continuously. 2. Anxiety re food because of the vomiting, and the behavior of making himself gag at the sight of food. 3. Egg/peanut allergy that led to lots of itchyness/hives 4. Some minor sensory issues where he only likes to eat dry/clean foods ie crackers. He doesn't like anything mushy or wet like jam, mashed potatos etc. The speech language stated that eating and speaking go together. He's never developed the fine motor skills of the mouth with chewing and so his speech is delayed too, as he doesn't know how to manupulate his mouth to make all the finer sounds that words require, he only makes sounds. All of this is improving daily, but only with lots of work: we offer him lots of different foods at each meal so he can pick and choose what he wants that meal.

Mar 02, 2012
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My son is two and half and doesn't chew.
by: Mom of a picky eater

I have the same problem with my son. He is two and half and doesn't eat any solid food. I have to blend everything I give him in to puree. He also doesn't drink milk or juice. Preferred liquid is water. He pukes all the times even on pureed food. I think his reason for not chewing and swallowing is being afraid of puking. He never even wants to put anything in his mouth. He is doing excellent in every other area. Speech is excellent, knows his colors, numbers, alphabets, shapes etc. He is a very bright little boy. I just don't know how to get him to start eating solids and drinking milk. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Please help.

PS: It is good to know that other mothers are going through the same issue and I am not alone.

Feb 29, 2012
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My 4yr old will not chew
by: Anonymous CC

My son is 4yrs old. He will not chew his foods. He loves to chew but has a problem to do so. sometimes he asks for animal crackers but ends up swallowing them whole. He will roll his food on his tongue until he swallows it. I have to give him pureed foods only. He goes to school half days because I will not let him spend the whole day at school without eating. I am afraid to leave him under anybody's care in case he chokes. He eats very liitle and is beginning to shrink in size. He is very inteligent in all other areas. I just dont know if he will eventually learn to chew or if it's something on the brain. Any advice??

Jan 13, 2012
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PLEASE HELP WORRIED SINGLE MOM
by: Anonymous

i am a single mother of 2 kids. my 1yr old son is not chewing his food. he inhales it and leaves it in his mouth to moisten it but just swallows it without chewing and then he throws it up not long afterwards. can anyone give me an idea of what i should do or anything at this point will be greatly appreciated

Dec 17, 2011
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to the annonymous indian
by: Anonymous

i liked your mail it made me feel better.my son also three has not started to chew yet.i am being scolded by my family ,inlaws relatives and almost everyone saying its your fault.u started smashed foods thats why. but its the other way round. if he doesn't chew i cant let him go hungry so i blend it for him.but i am worried because he has started play school and i cant send him anything to eat not even biscuits since he wont chew.am worried what will happen when he starts school because.in my place where i live the school timings are from morning to evening cant bear him to be hungry all day. i need help.please please help. i have seen some sites and comments also. is not chewing related to a speech therapist? my son cant say f and d .the word therapist scares me . help help help. and thanks dear anonymous for the support.

Dec 14, 2011
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Finger food
by: Anonymous

Hi All,

My daughter is 4 years and 2 months. Feeding issues will not tolerate finger foods on purred foods.

She was a failure to thrive on NG tube for at least one year and a half.
What We have achieved thus far -
She is on pedicure with poly-joule for her milk
She would only eat yoghurt and Rafferys Gardens pumpkin, sweetcorn and apple I started putting in 1 tsp of homemade lentil/vegetable and increased this over time to the extend that she now has many different homemade dishes all pureed.
We do finger food three times a day with foods that are disolverable. It's all a game. I say things like everybody licking just like me getting her to lick the foods and then we do everybody crunching just like me. I've recorded her doing this and I show her this so she can she that it is all ok. I also show her how to crunch with a mirror. After 10 minutes I then reward her with giving her the IPad and she
then play games. Happy to let you know anymore of the above and will keep you posted on how she is going. I have seen a Hugh improvement with her and it's only been a few weeks.

Nov 28, 2011
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My son is almost 3 and doesn't chew!
by: Anonymous

My son turns 3 in two months. He still doesn't chew solid foods. He does eat soft foods well.

Any help please. Like every other parents, things worry us!

Nov 17, 2011
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update
by: helen

since my last posting about my son who is 3 not chewing he has been discharged from occupational therapy and has another speech therapist for the eating who says he just gets bored of eating and have been told to put a crisp in his bite line to see if that will encourage him, i dont know how many of you mums have tried this but he wont let me anywhere near his mouth with a crisp. i know theres no miracle cure but theres got to be an easier way to encourage him to chew. any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Nov 17, 2011
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re facebook page
by: shelen

i have looked on facebook for your page but cannot find it. could you please post the title of the page please thankyou.

Nov 16, 2011
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Girls will not chew
by: Nikki

My twin girls were breastfed so I think young age feeding has nothing to do with them not chewing. I have been seen drs. as well to figure out why and not getting anywhere. My girls will be 3 in Jan but after many trying I can c that they are now trying to take food and chew them, it's not happening everyday but things are slowing moving to CHEW, with this I am also teaching them to swallow once they have chewed it as that's another thing they don't know, as they used to spit it out when given solids before.

I am hoping that it's just a teething issue as they didn't have their back teeth until recently they have started to come through, BUT that's what makes me move forward thinking it may or might change soon.

I offer them lollypops whenever I can as I don't know when they might just start chewing on them.

So mums lets keep on working hard and if there is a answer pls do share.

Nov 16, 2011
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my 4 yr old
by: Zaleena Hansen

victoria, what is the FB address ... page name for that you set up?

would love to get involve or meet anyone for us to talk about this sadness we have to go through daily.

Please feel free to contact me anytime ..
ZallyM@aol.com

Nov 16, 2011
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my 4 yr old
by: Zaleena Hansen

I would love to get more involve in this situation, cause my 4 yr old will not chew, eat on her own,or even say she is hungry, so far she is a normal child. I don't know who to contact or what to do about this, all the drs. r saying, her health and behavior is normal.
please feel free to contact me at
ZallyM@aol.com

Any comment or input will go a long way.

Nov 16, 2011
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2 1/2 year old can not chew
by: Viktoria

Hello,First and most importantly i have to say that my son was on Formula since birth! I want to know if kids with the same problem were ever breastfed at all! Second, my son was not introduced to solids until after age one . We used to put solids in front of him because the pediatrician said thats what we have to do and eventually he will pick it up and eat it. It never happened so around age one we started feeding him baby food solids.

My 2 . 5 year old son can not chew food. will only eat food mashed and i have to put applesauce on top of the spoon or some other kind of baby stage 2 food so he will swallow it. If i only give him regular food he will spit it out and if it goes s down the throat he ll gag or it will come up eventually. He refuses to self feed himself. The only thing he ate by himself so far was yoghurt. He has no problem drinking from cup or straw, but still insists on baby bottle for night time milk.

He was evaluated by Easter Seals when he was 2 and they said he has gag reflex. We have been seeing a speech occupational therapist for the past 6 months, she comes 1 / week . She said there is no need to come more often since i have to push the textures on his food so he will get use d to them and that s the way to do it.

I started a page on Facebook for Toddler Not Chewing, but no one has contacted yet. Please feel free to join on Facebook and write your everyday comments, concerns, etc. it will help us !

Oct 02, 2011
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My 4 ys old will not chew
by: Zaleena Hansen

I had wrote a long time ago about my four year old daughter will not chew,will not eat on her own and will not eat anything unless it is pureed, but no one responds, kind a surprise knowing other parents are going through the same feelings with their child.

I did put my name and email address for anyone to communicate with me so we can share the same experience, but guess it doesn't look like anyone cares to respond.
why have a blog/comments if no one is finding the time to discuss?
I am putting my information because I truly need someone to read my daughter issue and contact me so I can get some help/motivation.
Willing to work with anyone who is willing to help, very serious.
kind a disappointed no one is getting involve.

yours truly Zaleena Hansen
ZallyM@aol.com

Oct 02, 2011
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Just kep trying...
by: supermom

My little boy is 3 years old. We've also been struggling since he turned one. He also suffers form speech dyspraxia.I've started a blog http://supermom-curtis.blogspot.com with some food tips. Our dietician has him on Pedisure to add some weight. She advised that when you offer anything new try and keep two of these properties the same colour, texture and taste.It's a very slow and winding road just praise your child and yourself for every little victory.

Sep 06, 2011
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Have you thought of.......
by: Anonymous

My son was in a very similar place few yrs ago, he will sit with the food in his mouth and when force him to eat he would spite out. Then one day at the dentist they told us that he had tongue tie, this meant that he won't chew food like others and also will be delayed in talking n will have some funny words, when talking. WE saw a specialist and had the tongue tie procedure done and now he is eating, talking with no problems. Hope this might help some of you.

Sep 06, 2011
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eating problem
by: Zaleena Hansen

my daughter will be 4 in Oct and still doesn't eat any solid, chew or bite on anything.
All she eats is puree food 3 times daily, yogert,
water.
I wish someone can call me or help me though this.
So feeling desperate at times
My e mail ZallyM@aol.com

Sep 06, 2011
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my 3 year old son wont chew and doesnt talk
by: Anonymous

he cant speak many words and if food is too lumpy he will spit it straight back out. it's a relief to know im not alone. i cry myself to sleep at night wondering what ive done wrong. he has a speech therapist and has occupational therapy but it doesnt seem to change much and he has bad tantrums which i put down to his frustration at not being able to talk.

Aug 27, 2011
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My Grandson refuse to chew
by: Anonymous

My Grandson is going to be 4 soon and he refused to chew. He keep on saying that he is trying, but he can. We give him solids, he putted them in his mouth, spit it out saying "I can't do it"
Any advise.

Aug 26, 2011
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2 yr old grandson does not eat solid food
by: Anonymous

Need advice, my grandson 21 mos does not eat solid foods, he gags and throws up, he is normal in every other way, and his speech is excellent for his age group. He like pancakes and bread, but will spit it out if too dry so we make sure he has liquids with this food group. He eats very little at meal time, less than 4 ounces his mother is VietNamese and she feeds him rice soup with pureed vegetables and meat three times a day. We tried to introduce mashed potatoes, and very soft cooked veg and he gags and pukes them up. He is underweight for his age group by 7% and we are afraid the CPS will investigate. He is still on the bottle which his mother gives him at nap time and at bedtime, he can drink from a cup but they prefer a straw. He loves chocolate milk and all sweets.

What is most confusing is that he eats cherries, nectarines, bananas, grapes, and watermelon if cut super small. If anyone has any suggestion please email me at kathyshpprd@yahoo.com My son and the rest of the American family are getting frustrated. Many thank yous in advance

Aug 03, 2011
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my 4 yr old will not chew
by: Anonymous

My 4 yr old daughter will not chew, from birth she has been behaving very strange, by not wanting anything to eat ... she always vomit. As of now I am still feeding her puree with syringe. I have to feed her all day like that, she will never tell me she is hungry, she will never say she like or want something to eat, she kind a blank with this eating situation. I took her to her Dr, nothing is wrong, medically, she talks plays and interacts very nice, with no complain.
Can anyone help me my e mail is ZallyM@aol.com, please help .....

Jul 18, 2011
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no physiological probs yet he doesnt chew
by: Anonymous Indian

My son is three plus and doesn't chew solids either. I have tried all sorts of tricks to make him eat something solid, all he eats is pureed food. He has had all sorts of tests done, including ones for reflux and all have turned out to be negative. He is able to speak and articulate well, loves mixing up with all sorts of kids, plays with them, creates mayhem etc.

I have been to a therapist and she has suggested some things like using different textured stuff like cotton , even clean fingers etc inside the mouth >>in circular motions in inner cheeks, back and forth on the tongue and on inside area of his lips. She also suggested the same for the outer cheeks and over and above both upper n lower lips. I have been asked to do this for two months,almost two times a day.
This probably is to get him to accept different textures. Am awaiting the day he will chew on his first solids. There may be hope yet. I would suggest trying out these exercises to begin with and also try feeding them soft solids ( which he refuses or pukes on )without giving up; my whole house n furniture have spots of puke on them.


I have endured ridicule, and all sorts of comments from people. I am not bothered. Every child is different. this happens to be his only milestone he seems to have faltered on. Maybe in time it will be ok, till that time I cant let my child go hungry. In fact a couple of ppl have also suggested that I should not feed him for a couple of days,, I could ask them > would they do that with their own child?? Be brave,,we are mothers.




Apr 18, 2011
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will not chew
by: Anonymous

I have just over 2 yrs old twins n they won't chew any solid food either, but I make all sorts of food at home n blend them puree to feed them. I am sorry but very surprise to see how many mums are still buying stage 3 baby food for their toddlers age 2 n 3 or plus. What happened to the yummy homemade food....... just blend them.

Apr 18, 2011
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SON ALSO WOULDN'T CHEW
by: Anonymous

I was buying Stage 3 baby food for my son until he was a little over 3 yrs old. I finally found a speech therapist who worked so well with him, and 3 months into his therapy, he was biting on candy canes and CHEWING them. Before that had happened, I gave him a small piece of sugarless bubblegum and he practiced chewing it on his molars. He also had been a child who would lick foods, not chew using his molars. There IS hope...now at 4 yrs old, he eats anything and everything.

Apr 06, 2011
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3 yr old- texture aversions
by: Anonymous

My son is about to turn 3 and his speech is great, he can say most any words that myself and his father say, but his eating has not progressed since he was a baby. He will lick everything, but chew nothing. He is surviving on toddler yogurt, baby oatmeal and vitamin drops. Just today I tried to put 2 pieces of shredded cheese in with his yogurt and he freaked out and wouldn't chew it, almost threw up, then finally swallowed it. Can anyone on here tell me anything positive...maybe a child progressing from this? I keep seeing people with the same problem, but not many answers or stories where your child grew out of it or got successful help with it?...need advice.
thanks!!

Mar 13, 2011
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son will not eat anythang
by: Anonymous

My son stopped eating last year of 2010 12/31/2010 but before that he was eating great. Now i cant get him to eat anything at all. When he asks for something, he just licks on it but he will not eat it. It has been two months since he has ate. We still going back and forth from the doctors office trying to get my son help.

Mar 01, 2011
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2Year Old Daughter not eating
by: Anonymous

I have a 2 year old daughter and she will not eat ANY solid food. She eats stage 3 baby food, applesauce, yogurt, and gerber oatmeal. She will drink anything we put in her cup. I've tried mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, homemade noodles, and she will not touch them! She will not even eat the gerber yogurt puffs or veggie puffs. She says a hand-full of words, but that is about it. She crawled and walked a little later than normal, does she have a developmental issue? Our pediatrician does not offer much information.

Feb 06, 2011
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Girls gag and puke with solid food
by: Nikki

Hey, I have twin girls who have just turn 2. They gag and sometimes pukes whenever I give them solid foods. Since introducing baby food they have been eating pureed food, now I make their food n blend everything into puree and feed them. At times I leave it lumpy but they gag straight away n take it out. they don't even like chips or any finger food, they suck the taste out n give it back. They speech is very good, eating is very good (pureed food) but the only concern is not wanting to eat normal solid food.

My girls have (CF)cystic Fibrosis so keeping their food intake is very important so I don't have a problem doing these blending but when will they learn to chew for themself.

Please feel free to reply, thanks

Feb 02, 2011
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Two 1/2 year old dd not chewing at all
by: Anonymous

Oh my goodness, I am so relieved to see that I am not the only one struggling with this problem. My two 1/2 yr old dd has met most of her milestones late. I couldn't get her to eat stage 1 baby food til she was seven months. As a baby, she never really put toys or anything in her mouth, which I thought was unusual. Now, I have been struggling with teaching her to chew solid foods, while combating with my husband and mother-in-law on this matter. I am tired of having to mash all of her food up because of this problem. Her speech is pretty well, doesn't seem to have trouble with pronunciation or anything. None of her pediatricians (we've moved several times in the last year) have mentioned autism as a problem. Her former occupational therapist said she is a little behind socially tho. She said to try desensitizing her mouth using a toothbrush by placing it in various areas in her mouth, but she won't allow this, she closes her mouth up tight or runs away. Most times I find myself anymore being inconsistent with my teaching her on this, instead giving in and going back to just mashing her food up so she will eat. I've tried sometimes just forcing her to eat solid, unmashed food, but it always backfires, resulting in her barely eating anything throughout the day. My husband doesn't want to use any more outside therapy, he says I need to just be more consistent in teaching her myself. He's probably right, however I am quickly running out of ideas. Also tired of fighting He and his mother on this. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Jan 26, 2011
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my 4 year old still is not eating solid foods:(
by: Anonymous

wow im kind of surprised to see all these other people have the problem of their children not chewing solids, i thought i was the only one! My son is 4 with down syndrome, he does not talk or communicate much so that makes things harder to explain. I too have talked to doctors and had tests done on his throat every thing was fine. He does not gag but he will try to swallow things whole. Hes pretty sensitive with not letting textures (solid) in his mouth. he hates his teeth brushed or the z vibes they've tried on him to desensitize him and get him to chew on. Any advise? I dont understand how to make him move his food with his tongue to his teeth and chew. also any advise for getting him to talk? he says mama hi and ooh aah for like a year so he CAN talk i think but he wont move on from there.im trying to introduce signing but he doesn't pay attention to it.:( help?

Dec 19, 2010
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3 year old did not learn to chew and swallow with out gaging.
by: Anonymous

My son will be 4 Feb.1.Reflux,stomach or throat problems have been checked.He did not really begin talking until a few months ago.they call it dev.delay.He takes speech and occupational therapy and is doing wonderful,but he will not eat anything with texture.He wants to try things but is afraid to go thru with it.He was a little late on some of the milestones but has always met them.somewhere along the way it seems his brain skipped the step of chewing.All he will eat is pudding,stage 1 meats,and sometimes jar baby fruit and sweet potatoes,3rdstage baby food.He does drink alot of milk but it can give him trouble.yoo hoo,tea,dr.pepper are all he will drink alot of.How do I help him learn to to not be afraid and teach to chew and swallow?

Dec 10, 2010
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Son with DS age 7 does not chew
by: Anonymous

My son is 7 years old and has Down Syndrome. My son does not know how to chew and does not take any solids. My son has also skipped the baby stage of mouthing toys. About 2 years ago he started to suck on popcycles, this was a major break through because he learned that when a piece broke off it would melt and he would try to chew. We are at a standstill, no progress since then. We have had a revolving door of OTs - not one of them has helped us. We were lead down so many paths that just wasted time. Is there any success stories out there?

Oct 13, 2010
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My Two year old doesn't chew.
by: Anonymous

Same as all the other moms concern that, he'd hopefully start chewing. He loves his milk in a bottle, loves soft foods, like custard and Pap(Corn prepared cereal)things he doesnt have to chew. HE never picked up stuff to put in his mouth from the floor as a baby. If he's upset and he wants to express his displeasure, he throws up(sorry a bit graphic). I hope he'll grow out of it as he's in preschool and he's driving he's caregivers nuts as well as Mummy.
I love him dearly and i think forcing him to eat never goes as planned, we just end up changing clothes.

Aug 12, 2010
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Not Chewing his food related to later speech problems
by: Anonymous

Please please understand that not chewing food and speech problems can be related so if you notice your kid also slurs or in articulates or mumbles when he's 6 or 7 that he might have also had earlier 'feeding' problems. My son is now 24 and believe it or not I'm just now figuring out what the deal was. He still does not properly chew/masticate his foods, inhales and eats very quickly. He also has speech and oral vocal issues though his verbal IQ is very high. He works in a field where he has to do a lot of talking. His boss has gotten annoyed with him for the way he sometime speaks (using scripts over the phone) and wants him to slow down. Also, whenever I'm on the phone with him I have to constantly ask him to repeat what he's saying.

When he was younger, I told the doctors that he didn't chew his food and was met with suspicion of being a over protective mother. He also had digestive stomach problems which IMO had everything to do with NOT chewing his food up. I wish I knew now what I didn't know then which was that he needed more individual assessment for speech problems that started as an oral feeding issue.

There's a term called Dsyphagia that has to do with articulation and oral skills. I'm also noticing that most of the children with these kinds of problems are BOYS. I wonder if statistically this is true? My son also ended up having some pretty severe behavioral problems but I feel largely responsible because so much between us became a power struggle that his defenses rose too quickly when I tried to get him to do something correctly. It was like I was flying in the dark and had no understanding of what I was dealing with.

Today he is doing pretty well and we are working some of the 'old baggage' out but I've yet to bring up the speech/chewing thing to him for fear of triggering sensitivities. Just know none of you are crazy. I would absolutely suggest sticking with a speech therapist/occupational therapist that is intuned with your childs overall personality and abilities. Also understand that just because you dont see progress right away doesn't mean in 2 years you wont...so keep at it.

Jul 19, 2010
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my two yr old does not know how to chew
by: angelina

my son is a very small boy only weight 21 pounds. he has been diagnosed with autism in june 2010.I am glad to hear my son isn't the only one who eats solid foods people think im not doing my job as a parent right but who are we to force are children to eat. this been a slow process but im hoping he will get better at eating. on a daily basis he prefers to drink milk rather than eat. he only eats yogurt applesauce some oatmeal to help him gain calories a nutritionist suggests mash avocados with his yogurt give him mashed boiled eggs with mayo. So far no changes.

Jun 10, 2010
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my three year old does not chew.
by: Anonymous

My three year old son also has the same problem. He does not chew the food. He often runs here and there and bites anything that comes his way. He does not sit stable at a time. We had taken him for occupational and speech therapy three four times. But I dont think it will help so i stopped it. He is very thin and a slow weight gainer. He also has short attention span. Can anybody help me to find out what is his actual problem.

Jun 08, 2010
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I can offer hope
by: Anonymous

Hello,

My 3 year old is the same. Has been on pureed or mashed food since he was a baby. Eats a good quantity but can never handle a morsel of rice or anything else. He seems to have developed an aversion to most food item. Recently (within the last 6 months) he has started to snack on some chips and cookies. He would nibble or gnaw before swallowing.

We have never consulted a doctor because his cousin of 9 years used to be just like this and by the time he was 5 he had learned to overcome this difficulty. He would still be picky about certain foods but had improved a great deal. We are going to sit it out !!

Hope this helps !

Apr 26, 2010
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chewing problem
by: Anonymous

Hello i have the same problem with my son. It seems like nothing id helping. He is on Pepcid. Speech therapist. We do a lot of oral stimulation like Zvib, NUK brush. But he is not progressing.A ny suggestions. Please help.

Mar 11, 2010
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$ yr old can't chew
by: Anonymous

I have a three year old son who will be turning four in May. He is unable to chew and eats only pureed foods. He has had tonsillitis a few times which caused vomiting, which I think, coupled with his sensory issues has led to this problem. He hates eating ... he gags and sometimes vomits. Progress is REALLY slow --- initially, we had to DESEED and mash bananas. He has been to on occupational therapist, but it didn't seem to be worth the upheaval as i didn't see any progress. We have had one session with a speech therapist who has instructed us to use a feeding teether to try to teach him to chew.

If I knew that he'd outgrow this, i'd feel better. My concern is that his affecting our choice of school, and most likely his participation at school. He is NOT being naughty; he really tries but struggles. I feel for him .... and I also "lose it
" despite trying not to. Someone, please give me hope!

Oct 23, 2009
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Won't eat solids
by: Anonymous

My son developed severe reflux at 6 months. Vomited constantly. Refused the bottle. By the time he was given medication he already refused to eat. Had an NG tube for 2 months before I found a Pediatric Feeding Disorder Specialist. Dr. Meeta Patel was an angel from god. She came to our home and "fixed" him in 3 days. (Ok... more to the story). When he was moved from the bottle to purees he did great. But when solids were introduces he did horrible. Dr Patel came out again and she said he did not know how to chew and move the food around with his tongue so she taught him and again she "fixed" him. My son also has Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder and was a micro preemie at birth. There is hope. You can read about Dr. Patel at www.Klinic4kidz.com

Mayra....Mishel's mom

Sep 24, 2009
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Grandson does not chew
by: Anonymous

You have described my grandson to the tee. he is 3yr old and does not chew either, he began his gaggin an vomiting with food at age12 mos an has limited diet, of sausage, chicken nuggets and choc milk chips on a good day, drinks threw a straw an nothing but water or choc milk, his speech is good for his age, very intelligent, we have been involved with OT and ST and NO diagnosis of SID , we haven't tried jello or apple sauce threw a straw, but anything with a smooth texture he gags....Please any suggestions? I notice when he takes bites of food he always bites with his side teeth never uses his front teeth. Acid reflux? Please we are desperate he will soon start preschool and need help soon. I am a worried and concerned MIMI

Sep 19, 2009
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son will not chew
by: Anonymous

As a parent of a SID. Please don't see your child as not telling the truth! Every child tells the truth, unless they were taught to lie.

Yes, the OT telling you about his reflux and scaring is true. Don't make it a big issue infront of your child. He hears your conversation, so please be private with your conversation about him. Treat your son and stick with the food that he can eat. He will get help and work with your son. Give him the foods he can eat and work on the development with gerber 2 or 3 baby food. If he sees you believe in him and you are working along with him then maybe he will try his hardest cuz his mom believes in him and will help him through this chew problem. Have you tried a straw? How is his sucking ability? (applesauce, jello in a container, drinkable yogurts) fish graham crackers with a little water to soften them / then he can gum them. Meijers or walmart toddler fruit or veg. they disolve in their mouth (gum them).

Get with a certified OT and nutrition and see what they say. keep your head up cuz your son sees everything and senses your positiveness.
Fish

Sep 19, 2009
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Son not Chewing
by: Anonymous

I am a pediatric OT. His chewing may be related to the reflux or related to some scarring in his trachea/esophagus due to the reflux. (I.E., refusal to chew because the swallow might hurt). It must be differentiated that he does not have the ability to chew vs. not chewing because of other reasons. It could also be due to very weak jaw muscles and a weak tongue. What is his clarity of speech like?

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