Posted by: Mommy M | 2005/07/18


Choking while drinking

My 5 month old daughter tends to choke every time she has her bottle. By this I mean that she will start to cough while drinking her bottle, I will take the teat out of her mouth, she will give another little cough (asif to clear her throught) and then continue to drink. Only once or twice she has actually brought up some milk, but usually just a bit of a clearing of the throught does the trick. I am sure that I am using the correct teat for her, but is this perhaps because she is a very eager and hasty drinker? Any advise will be great, thank you.

Expert's Reply



This is a very significant complaint. It could be simply due to inco-ordinated swallowing or there may be an anatomical reason for this such as a fistula between the oesophagus and the trachea. You must take her to your paediatrician for a careful examination and investigation.

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Posted by: Tina | 2005/07/18

Hi there!

My son (6 mths) used to cough too and completely refused the bottle because he didn't like the flow of the teats - and I tried them all. I eventually tried the Avent Soft Spout cups and he loves it and now doesn't cough at all. The cup has a magic valve that only releases the milk when they suck instead the bottles constantly drip out. It made a big difference for us.

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