Child Psychology and Behaviour

Difficulty with chewing

3 to 7 years

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Updated on Jun 08, 2021

my toddler is 4. 8 years old and still doesn't chew he bites but is not able to chew and then gulp the food. he swallows it straightaway. with the result, we cannot give him all the food types he should be eating. any help or guidance will be appreciated. regards, shally

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| Jun 08, 2021

Hi shally dhar ! Has he been given mashed food since childhood? Is there any other accompanying issue?

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| Jun 08, 2021

shally dhar I could totally relate to you . My son is also of the same age. He too swallows food and chews food very rarely. I always sit next to him when he eats and encourage him to chew and swallow food every time he eats. Set an example to him . Sit next to him and show him how you chew the food before you swallow it. This is what I do to my son and now he has improved a lot.

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| Jun 08, 2021

You could make him unlearn this behaviour by taking small steps. Such as you could try and make him have at least one meal of the day with family members. Avoid feeding him, instead make small morsels and let him feed himself. Avoid usage of gadgets while feeding him. Also praise him or give him a smiley when he makes effort . I am sure with persistence and perseverance he would come around soon .

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| Jun 08, 2021

Hi all, there is no other issue. Yes, i believe the mashed food period was longer, hence it has lead to this. He does try and bite but chewing is still an issue

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| Jun 08, 2021

It will take time for him to learn dear. Keep motivating him. shally dhar .My kid has also taken 5 years to learn it. If you are still worried about it, please speak with your paediatrician as he could help you on this.

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