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Confused about tongue thrust reflex

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KentishMaid1977 Fri 05-Aug-11 21:41:39

I think I am right in saying that the loss of the tongue thrust reflex is one of the signs that baby is ready for weaning. However, I thought it was this very reflex that helps to prevent choking confused

PrettyCandles Fri 05-Aug-11 21:47:08

Right on both counts.

It's not contradictory - when the baby is becoming ready for solids, they begin to lose the anti-choking reflex and start learning to manipulate small things in their mouths, ie food.

ShowOfHands Fri 05-Aug-11 21:47:26

A baby with a tongue thrust reflex will push anything that isn't milk right out of its mouth with its tongue.

What helps a baby not to choke is the ability to move food around their mouths, particularly from back to front but not out of their mouths.

Here is a tongue thrust reflex in action for reference. With dd, the reflex went and then she started exploring food and practising moving it round her mouth. One seemed to be a reflex, the other learnt.

KentishMaid1977 Fri 05-Aug-11 21:55:30

Aha, got it now. Thank you!

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