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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Jojo | 2006/11/06

Q.

18mth eating

Hi, pse advise, my son has just turned 18months and he is obvioulsy eating solids. Some days he eats really well and others, not at all. I've stopped stressing and just let him eat when he wants to, but my worry is that he won't chew properly. He will take a bite out of 'say' a biscuit and then suck it or actually gag and spit it out after a few minutes. He doesn't seem to want to chomp - ie use his molars properly. The molars (not all) have just come out in the last few months, so he's still got to get used to them, but how do I teach him to chew. It's got to the stage where if I don't feed him smoother food (a little bit lumpy), then he won't eat at all.
He speaks really well and picks up words very quickly - albeit not quite correct at first, so his speech is not a problem.
He's also had a cold - runny nose etc once again, but that's nothing new.
Am I worried for nothing and being paranoid or what?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Give him time and in the meantime give him soft food. This is a stage that many children go through.

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