Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Worried mom | 2012-09-04


Solid foods

Hi Doc and everyone

Please advise.

My son is 2 years, 3months and refuses to use his teeth to chew solid foods. We still mash his food.
When we give him chips or anything solid to eat, he licks it. It seems he doesnt know he needs to grind food or chew with his teeth.

What could this be? Im concerned as most kids in this age are indulging on solid foods without assistance.

Should we worry?

Expert's Reply



This is a rather common problem and is known by the term 'sensory food aversion' Most children with this problem grow out of it by themselves. You should continue to mash your son's food. He must join the family at all mealtimes. Let him feed himself with a spoon and do not watch him eat. Gradually add one food at a time that he has to chew. When he has learnt to chew the first food slowly start to intoduce others on his plate, but also continue to include well mashed food on the plate as well. Slowly replace all the mashed food with food he has to chew. This may take several months to get right. Most children have grown out of sensory food aversion by about 3 years.

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Posted by: worried mom | 2012-09-14

Hi Doc

Thank you very much, this helps a lot.

I will follow your advise.


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