Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: mama | 2012-05-24

Q.

Not chewing

Hi Doc

My son has just turned 2 years. His teeth are all well developed. It seems he does not know he needs to chew . He only eats food that is soft enough to be swallowed without chewing e.g potato mash, butternut or pap. If I try him on anything that needs him to use his teeth, he spits it out. How can I get him to use his teeth?

Im also concerned that his diet lacks veggies, he hates vegg purity. Since he does''nt want to chew, it means I have to cook his veggies until they are soft, is this healthy?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is possible that this is just a temporary problem. He may have a problem with eating coarse foods at this stage. It would be best to ask your paediatrician to see your son just to make sure that all is well with his development so far.

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