Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-21



my son had congenital pneumonia at birth and spent first 2 wks in ICU with tubes etc down his throat. He is otherwise healthy now at age 2, however there is one problem that worries me, he cannot seem to handle certain texture foods ie. pumpkin and then he gags it all up, the whole stomach is then emptied? is this a normal phase at age 2yr and 4months. He has been like this since startin on solids at 6m, just certain foods not all, he generally prefers things like chips or harder foods. He gags until it comes up sometimes even with solid food and then he stops sometimes when we tell him to stop gagging and forces it down. What irritation could this be, could it be as a result of the tubes as a baby... is it " memory"  so to say and does it warrant investigation at all? he is otherwise gaining weight even though rather slowly and grwoing and good health otherwise...

Expert's Reply



This appears to be a form of what is know as 'food aversion' and does not really require any further investigation. You know which foods seem to worry him and which he does not like to eat, so avoid these foods in his diet. Give him a long period off the foods he does not like,probably until he is 3 years old and then try one of these foods at a time and see if he will tolerate them.He is happy and growing well which is a good sign.

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