My DD will be 2 at the end of this month but I still can't get her to take lumps and have to puree her food (other than this she is perfectly happy & healthy). This is not for lack of trying but she gags and then the whole lot comes up. It doesn't help that she is barely on the centile chart and has had regular periods of vomiting since she was a baby (she was also on meds for relux for a while but it made little difference). She does eat bread sticks and will takes the tiniest bites from bread and grapes, but not enough even to snack on. I am still spoon feeding her as she refuses to feed herself. I know I might sound like an over protective mum but I am a nursery nurse and I know what she should be doing at this developmental stage. I don't want to push her because I don't want food to become a contentious issue. I am getting her referred to a S & L therapist for a swallow test (her speech is acually very good and on track) but until then I could really do with some advice from anyone else who has had a similar experience.
This could be my ds you're describing. he did all the gagging on lumps and vomiting at the drop of a hat. We got referred to a paediatrician who said he probably had an over sensitive gag reflex and that he would grow out of it. It turned out that he was right!! Now at 4 years he eats everything but will still gag if he gets too much food in his mouth. I know it's really difficult to relax when they're so tiny, ds was 2nd percentile, but not making a big deal of meal times really worked for us. Also I found he was better given bigger bits of food to chew rather than being given little lumps.