Our 18 month old son cannot eat solid foods. Everything has to be pureed. He gags on even the smallest piece of any soft, mushy food. He will lick anything given to him but he will not bite into anything and will not chew it.
A child may gag on solid or mushy foods because of preference, in which case he most likely will outgrow this behavior with time. I assume he will also gag on cookies and other treats that children rarely refuse.
If he chews and eats âjunk foodâ, he surely does not have a swallowing problem. On the other hand, one must be concerned with a stricture (narrowing in his esophagus or food pipe), or other swallowing abnormality. This can be diagnosed with a barium swallow study.
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