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I have a 10 month old that can`t eat anything with lumps in it

Hi Leanne, i have a 10 month old that cant eat anything with lumps in it, he just gags until he throws up. he was a reflux baby but he is over that now. any help as what i can do to get him eating lumpy food and also finger foods. thanks

Answer: Hi There, Generally the ability to swallow lumps and move food about the mouth involves oral mechanics. It may be that baby is still developing these skills. Often premature bubs take a little longer to get to chunky foods. But, if he has difficulty with even smallish lumps I would thoroughly recommend a feeding and swallowing expert. There aren`t many about; first port of call can be someone more general such as Tresillian or Plunket. A more specialised person would be a paediatric speech pathologist; they deal with all things oral and can pick up issues such as tongue-tied and enlarged tonsils. The next step may be a specialised feeding clinic, see the links below: Aussie: www.nofussfeeding.com.au NZ: www.paediatricfeedingdisordersclinic.co.nz/index.htm I hope you find a good person to set you on a the right track. Let me know how you get on. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 22 May 2009