3 year old gagging at sight of some foods

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PatchworkWellies Sun 08-Dec-19 20:07:28


I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience. My 3yo DS has always been a good eater and eats a range of foods and textures. About 6 weeks ago he began gagging at the meal table and said that he didn't like his leftover Weetabix, there was a couple of spoonfuls still in the bowl on the table. He wasn't eating it, it was just the sight of it that made him gag.

Now the gagging is happening more frequently. It's not when he eats something, just when he looks at something. The triggers seems to be soft, squidgy food - Weetabix, banana and a mouthful of toast his brother had spat out are the usual culprits. Once he has gagged until he vomited. As soon as I remove the item, he stops.

Does anyone have any experience of this or similar?

I don't know if it's related but he has had a cold which dragged on rather, and is still awake coughing most nights - but the gagging started before this cold so I didn't think they were related.

He has always been quite sensitive to noises (not excessively so but it's something I'm aware of with him) - just mentioning it as this seems to be a new kind of sensory defensiveness. I don't have concerns about autism - I work with children with ASD so fairly confident about that at present.

Would appreciate any comments of other people's experience.

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