10/09/2016 at 14:38
Hi all, I would love some advice on giving my baby finger food. He is 8 months and he is on lumpy food and self feeding mashed food. I am finding it very hard to get him to eat finger food. Every time I try he puts it right to the back of his throat and gags. He can bite chucks off (even though he has no teeth) and chokes on them. Therefore I then stop giving him the finger food as I am so on edge. I have to do it without my partner being there as he is worse than me. The only thing I seem to be comfortable with is the banana wafers as they actually dissolve in the mouth. Therefore no risk of choking. I feel that he is behind on the weaning stages.
Any advice would be welcome.
10/09/2016 at 16:09
introducing foods is a scary time! I read a great 'baby led weaning' book & although I haven't followed that approach 100%, I did find some of the advice really helpful... Like (as hard as it is) a your child to eat the foods & watching & waiting to observe how they handle it & notice the difference between gagging & actual choking. They will gag often & this is just how they learn to swallow solids & chew them in their mouths. Also babies gag reflex is closer to the front of their mouth than an adults so will gag easier. My son would gag every now & then in the 1st couple months of self feeding but I just tried to stay calm & give him a couple of seconds to 'fix it' & he did every time. He fixed it, was not distressed & carried straight in eating.
There was only 1 time where he actually choked & that was completely my fault (I gave him a tortilla chip thinking he would just suck on it but he broke a bit off & it was too hard to swallow). I could definitely tell the difference & we dealt with it quickly & he was fine.
With gagging it looks more like they're wretching to be sick whereas with actual choking it looked like he couldn't catch a breath.
as for foods to start introducing more finger foods I would suggest stuff like bread / toast fingers with a bit of butter or jam on.. It's a firmer texture but will still dissolve fairly easily. My son also really likes the baby fruit & musli bars (like nutrigrain bars) & those are easy to swallow if you are nervous about that. Start with things like this then build up from there.
11/09/2016 at 08:47
Hi SW2 thank you for your reply. You are right, I just have to keep with it no matter how scary. Easier said than done.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.
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