I’ve started my toddler on some table food. I usually nurse until they are a year old. It’s never been an issue before, but this child keeps gagging on the food no matter how small I cut it. Do you thing there is something wrong?
Gina D. – Pennsylvania
Some children just have a strong gag reflex. If you go to softer foods for a while and then work your way up to some more difficult it may solve the problem.
That being said, it is probably a good idea to check if your child has something called tongue tie or ankyloglossia. This simply means that there tongue is restricted in their movements. You can have your pediatric dentist check, or there are some other symptoms you can look out for:
- Difficulty sticking the tongue past the lower front teeth
- Difficulty lifting the tongue either side to side or to the roof of the mouth
- Almost always the tongue will be heart-shaped when sticking out.
This can be fixed with a simple surgical procedure.
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