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Nov 26, 2009
Baby unable to eat solids at 15 months
Is this even a real problem? My baby can't eat solids w/o choking (and I'm talking tiny pieces here) and barfs up any jar baby food that she eats. She is exclusively breastfed still but does drink water from a cup. She also eats yogurt tubes no problem. She really wants to eat solids, but they gag her so easily. She's on 15mg of Prevacid daily. She "squirrels" food for lack of a better term so we have to do a finger sweep of her mouth any time she has been trying to eat a meal to make sure that she won't later choke on something left in there. All that said, Maia was quite similar and was exclusively breastfed until closer to age 2. She eats just fine now and has since around age 2. My DH is insisting that Maia was never this bad and that something is wrong. I think that the baby is fine and will come around on her own just like her sister did. Maia's PT freaked out on me and told me that this is "not normal" and that we needed to get the baby to a speech therapist because the baby doesn't know how to use the correct muscles to eat solids?? I think that if I make food an issue by forcing her to go to a ST or an OT over this, it's going to be an issue, KWIM? The baby has been diagnosed w/hypotonia but has strength as opposed to my oldest who has hypotonia but is in PT due to muscle weakness. Anyways, maybe this is just the hypotonia and she'll outgrow it? What do you all think? Also, if she does need to be seen, is this something that I can go through Early Intervention for? All of our PT/OT/ST is out-of-pocket :(
Nov 26, 2009
I wanted to add that her pediatric gastro is aware that she isn't able to eat solids yet and he doesn't see it as a huge problem. He won't trial her off the Prevacid until she's eating solids well, though. Also, she's like 95% percentile for weight and always has been, so she's well-nourished from nursing alone. I give her the liquid baby vitamins as prescribed too.
Nov 28, 2009
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Personally, as long as she still likes the idea of eating, and her weight/nutrition are good with just breastfeeding, I wouldn't worry about it. Which is not to say that I didn't worry about it when my son was in exactly the same situation. Like you, I exclusively breastfed and it seemed to provide all of the calories and nutrition DS needed until he did develop the ability to chew and swallow without choking at the age of two (though he has only recently started to prefer solids to breastfeeding, at 31 months). He was never averse to solids, he just couldn't ever seem to get them down and/or keep them there. It is possible to have low muscle tone in the throat without there being much evidence of it elsewhere -- with the classic appearance being the chronic open mouth, which my son had and which disappeared at about the same time he started being able to eat solids. One thing to be aware of, is that low muscle tone in the throat can also cause obstructive sleep apnea (as was the case with my son, though reflux was also at play for him), so if you are not already familiar with the symptoms in children (which can be quite different than in adults), you may wish to go to to read up on it and watch for the possibility of its presence in your little one.

But back to your original question, I personally would wait until after she turns two to worry about seeking additional help, unless she develops an aversion to solids or something interferes with your breastfeeding relationship.

Nov 29, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Early Intervention is a free service so if it would make your husband feel better and get off your case then I would have them come check her out. They will check to see if her oral motor skills are in order. If they are not, they will help you with that... free of charge. If they are in working order then you can just let her take the lead. Someone once told me to respect the "No" to solids, so that you dont create an aversion there too. Let them get there on their own if weight it not an issue. Seemed to solid advice to me.
Nov 30, 2009
Weight definitely isn't an issue. She's remained in the 95th percentile since shortly after birth just from nursing. My gut says to leave the situation alone since she really isn't averse to solids and I don't want to create an aversion by intervening. Maia did the same thing at this age, albeit perhaps not as badly. Also, we know that Samantha has low muscle tone but has strong muscles so she doesn't need PT. Maia's PT told me this. Maia had obstructive sleep apnea from the reflux/enlarged adenoids/low tone so I have always watched for it with Samantha also. So far so good there signs of it. We cosleep so I can monitor her. I think that 2 will be our magic age again for eating and sleeping.
Check with your
doctor first!