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In the last week or so DS5 has started coming to us saying he’s “choked” on his food. What he actually means by this is that he’s chewing it, then realising he doesn’t like the texture and spitting it out. At first it was just peanut butter sandwiches/toast, then also other chewy/doughy type things like donuts, muesli bars, pizza. Dry or crunchy foods like dry cereal, carrot sticks etc are completely fine. He’s otherwise perfectly fine, happy and active and I can’t think of any incident that might have triggered any sort of sudden texture aversion. He seems perplexed and mildly upset that it keeps happening, so I don’t think it’s being done for attention/acting out.
What do I do?? Take him to the GP to get checked? Wait and see if it goes away?
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My 5YO has learned (been told) that if he comes a across a texture/food he doesn’t like, and it gets stuck in his mouth, he quietly gets a tissue and spits it out into that and puts it beside his plate. He may say “I don’t like that bit”
That usually cues the end of dinner time for him, so then he takes his plate and tissues to the kitchen. It happens every other dinner time. He is just sensitive to textures, particularly dinner food textures. He also prefers crunchy things.

it’s not an issue for us cause it’s not every meal, and he still eats a variety of food. So we will just put up with it for now. I was sensitive to food for a long time as a child. Now I eat everything. So I’m hoping he will get over it, eventually.

It’s not a problem until it’s a problem, I often say about DS’s quirks, and this is one of those things that isn’t worth changing.
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LemonMyrtle wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:23 pm My 5YO has learned (been told) that if he comes a across a texture/food he doesn’t like, and it gets stuck in his mouth, he quietly gets a tissue and spits it out into that and puts it beside his plate. He may say “I don’t like that bit”
That usually cues the end of dinner time for him, so then he takes his plate and tissues to the kitchen. It happens every other dinner time. He is just sensitive to textures, particularly dinner food textures. He also prefers crunchy things.

it’s not an issue for us cause it’s not every meal, and he still eats a variety of food. So we will just put up with it for now. I was sensitive to food for a long time as a child. Now I eat everything. So I’m hoping he will get over it, eventually.

It’s not a problem until it’s a problem, I often say about DS’s quirks, and this is one of those things that isn’t worth changing.
Thanks LM. Has your DS been like this for a long time or is it a fairy new behaviour?
We thought DS was actually choking on his food once and it turned out he just really couldn’t stand the texture and taste of cheesecake. That was a one-off 18 months ago and we hadn’t had any further issues until this started up.
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Randomly. Could his tonsils be swollen? You should look with a torch to check. Could be enlarged but not infected (no pain).
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blueshoe wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:30 pm
LemonMyrtle wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:23 pm My 5YO has learned (been told) that if he comes a across a texture/food he doesn’t like, and it gets stuck in his mouth, he quietly gets a tissue and spits it out into that and puts it beside his plate. He may say “I don’t like that bit”
That usually cues the end of dinner time for him, so then he takes his plate and tissues to the kitchen. It happens every other dinner time. He is just sensitive to textures, particularly dinner food textures. He also prefers crunchy things.

it’s not an issue for us cause it’s not every meal, and he still eats a variety of food. So we will just put up with it for now. I was sensitive to food for a long time as a child. Now I eat everything. So I’m hoping he will get over it, eventually.

It’s not a problem until it’s a problem, I often say about DS’s quirks, and this is one of those things that isn’t worth changing.
Thanks LM. Has your DS been like this for a long time or is it a fairy new behaviour?
We thought DS was actually choking on his food once and it turned out he just really couldn’t stand the texture and taste of cheesecake. That was a one-off 18 months ago and we hadn’t had any further issues until this started up.
He has always been a bit fussy. Hard to tell if he has got worse as he got older. It’s more that he is fussy about different things than he used to be.
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DaLittleEd wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:40 pm Randomly. Could his tonsils be swollen? You should look with a torch to check. Could be enlarged but not infected (no pain).
I will take a quick peek now before he goes to bed. Thanks!
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Hmm, couldn’t get a good angle past his tongue to see the tonsils so that’s a no go. Might try again tomorrow morning.
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Use a plastic spoon or similar to depress tongue!
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DaLittleEd wrote: Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:16 pm Use a plastic spoon or similar to depress tongue!
Oh that’s a good idea! Can you tell I am not medically trained :lol:
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I only know because DD saw an ENT (she needed adenoids out) and he said that her tonsils are enraged but not big enough to warrant removal at that point (and she doesn't tend to get tonsillitis).

I was intrigued so had a look with torch and spoon myself. They actually are noticeably enlarged.

ETA - apparently it can affect swallowing.
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Tried to have another look with a spoon tongue depressor but still no luck. Poor baby just got very upset “choking” on a donut. :cry: Crying as he was trying to scrape all the chewed up bits off his tongue. Also managed to have problems with his Cheerios this morning. Going to see if I can book a GP appointment for tomorrow to see if they have any idea what’s going on. Trying not to let myself freak out about worst case scenarios.
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A speech therapist might help too. they look at eating and swallowing issues.
Did he have a tongue tie as a baby? bottle fed or breast fed and were there issues with his feeding?
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Jenflea wrote: Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:20 am A speech therapist might help too. they look at eating and swallowing issues.
Did he have a tongue tie as a baby? bottle fed or breast fed and were there issues with his feeding?
Fully BF, no tongue tie (I think his sister had a mild one, he was much easier to feed - no problems at all) but he does have some pronunciation issues we have been working on at home. Thanks for the suggestion, I will see what the GP says first but that’s definitely a good option to consider. We had an excellent speechie for DD - hopefully she is still around, she was excellent.
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