8mo still gagging

(7 Posts)
PETRONELLAS Thu 27-Feb-14 13:07:06

Feeling upset that he gags then brings up stomach contents (so not just what he's gagged on). I've got Gill Rapley's book which suggests babies grow out of gagging - but there are no signs of this happening. I've tried grated apple, soft carrots and soft pasta, rice cakes etc. they all result in a spectacular outpouring. Any suggestions for finger foods that will go down easily? It's hard to go out anywhere without wanting to resort to a purée (which the hv told me off for using).

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 27-Feb-14 14:20:59

Haven't had a gaffer so can't offer much advice sorry. Does Lo have reflux? He he been checked for tongue tie?

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Thu 27-Feb-14 14:34:14

The gagging is normal and will get better the more practice he gets. Keep giving him the opportunity to try finger food so he gets used to moving food around his mouth and swallowing. I have found that omelette strips are great. Ripe pieces of fruit such as pear also good. I also give toast. Maybe get rid of the crusts for the time being until he gets used to it. Avocado is also a good one to try. My DD happily eats sticks of cheese, but I know that can be quite hard to chew up, so maybe avoid that for the time being.

PETRONELLAS Thu 27-Feb-14 14:35:38

Ha ha re gaffer! Me neither! There is some reflux but only diagnosed by me. Dr sooooo not interested in the 3x weekly vomit of all stomach contents (no pattern to this). What foods will slide down I wonder?!

PETRONELLAS Thu 27-Feb-14 14:37:12

Oh thanks doe reg omelette idea, and I've just remembered some old pears in the fridge so will try those too. Thanks for giving me hope - after two months of trying I'm at a bit of a loss.

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Thu 27-Feb-14 14:43:21

You/he will get there. I read somewhere that babies gag reflex is quite far forward in their mouths when they are young. It moves further back as they get older. It's apparently the same as an adults by a year old. So keep persevering and trying different things. Even if you think he might not go for it, or it might be too difficult for him to eat, he might surprise you. Good luck.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 27-Feb-14 15:13:47

Whoops blushsmile

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