Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mum | 2008/09/08

Q.

Feeding concerns

My little girl is 10 months and doing well. She loves feeding herself and prefers whole foods to puree' d foods. My concern is that even if I steam the vegetables till quite soft she takes too bigger a bite and then starts to choke. I try and give her small pieces but she insists on feeding herself and will scream until I give her the piece of food. I don' t think she chews her food enough and I am worried this is going to cause digestion problems. Most cases, she refuses eating off of a spoon so I give in and give her pieces of vegetable, fruit, potato, grated cheese, shredded chicken and bread. Is this ok? How can I teach her to control how much she is putting in her mouth to avoid choking? Can not chewing properly cause problems?
Can I introduce pork sausages (with no skin and grilled) and fish fingers (baked), I thought they might make good foods that she can hold.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You need to keep showing your baby how much food to put on her spoon if she insists in feeding herself. Perhaps you could also take a spoon and feed yourself thereby showing her not to put too much food on her spoon at a time. She should be able to start on fish fingers already as she is quite advanced in her food tastes and also by being able to feed herself.

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