Posted by: Keri | 2007/03/27



Hi, my son is 16 months old and refuses to eat solid food. We have to puree his food as he gags and vomits if the is a tiny lump in his meal. I have noticed that he swallows his food and refuses to chew during mealtimes. He does he his fruit and other goodies quite easily without any problems. It is just his meals that he will not eat if it is not pureed.
Should I be terribly concerned about this or is this normal for some kids? Also how can I start helping him chew his food.
Could there be something else that I am missing with him that is preventing him from eating "normal" meals with the rest of the family.


Expert's Reply



This is a very common behaviour, probably more so in boys than with girls. Simply continue pureeing his food and with time he will slowly start eating more solid foods.

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Posted by: keri | 2007/03/27

Thank you for the advice, it is good to know that there are parents out there with similar concerns. I will try the playing with meals and see how it goes, although he has had no issues with different textures that I have noticed. But it never hurts to try :)

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Posted by: mum21 | 2007/03/27

i had the same problem but my lo wen she was much younger than 16months. i realised it was a touch problem when we visit somewhere that was carpeted and she just screamed and screamed when i put her on the floor. our house is completely tiled. problem with texture. buy toys with different feels. let him play with his meals(unpuried) after a while he will be ok with eating it. he will even feed it to himself.


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