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    Default 13 months, never puts anything in mouth.

    My daughter will be 13 months (exclusively breast-fed) soon. She weighs 25.3 pounds. She only accepts liquid food, and never chews. She only has two lower teeth. The biggest problem for her is that she will not put anything in her mouth. Is this strange at this age? She has never tried to put anything in her mouth. If I give her liquid food with non-liquid chunks in it, she will refuse to eat for the whole day. Our pediatrician has scheduled a meeting with a child psychologist, but I don’t know if this will help. What can I do? Please help me!

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    A child psychologist for a 13 month old? Hmmm.

    This does sound like there is perhaps some oral aversion or more extreme textural issue going on. But I am not sure a child psychologist will understand how to address that kind of issue in a child so young. I think a feeding specialist might be more appropriate? However, I certainly could be wrong.

    I have to say, usually I tell moms to not worry if a healthily gaining breastfed baby this age is not very interested in EATING. That can be entirely normal. But, I do think it is unusual that your baby never puts anything in their mouth. Not even her own hands, fingers? What about your finger? If you stick your finger in some applesauce or yogurt, will she suck it off? Will she suck your plain finger or knuckle?

    When you say she will only accept liquid food, do you mean nursing at the breast? Milk in a bottle? Or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*maddieb View Post
    A child psychologist for a 13 month old? Hmmm.

    This does sound like there is perhaps some oral aversion or more extreme textural issue going on. But I am not sure a child psychologist will understand how to address that kind of issue in a child so young. I think a feeding specialist might be more appropriate? However, I certainly could be wrong.

    I have to say, usually I tell moms to not worry if a healthily gaining breastfed baby this age is not very interested in EATING. That can be entirely normal. But, I do think it is unusual that your baby never puts anything in their mouth. Not even her own hands, fingers? What about your finger? If you stick your finger in some applesauce or yogurt, will she suck it off? Will she suck your plain finger or knuckle?

    When you say she will only accept liquid food, do you mean nursing at the breast? Milk in a bottle? Or something else?
    Recently she sometimes sucks on a pacifier för about 5 minutes. I think this is because she is teething (she does not use a pacifier normally). But she doesn't explore new things using her mouth. She just grabs things and shakes them. She sucks her own fingers sometimes, but she doesn't suck my finger. She gets almost all of her food from nursing from my breast.

    She does not like being fed with a spoon, but she does not put any food I give her in her mouth either.



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    Last edited by @llli*chzhcn; September 4th, 2016 at 01:37 PM.

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    Default Re: 13 months, never puts anything in mouth.

    Some things you could try:
    - dip the pacifier in something, like puréed squash or applesauce, before baby puts it in her mouth
    - try offering breastmilk by spoon, so that baby gets the idea that spoons sometimes bring familiar and delicious tastes

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    I agree with mommal, but on the other hand not liking to be spoon fed is not the same thing as not wanting to put anything in the mouth.

    Does baby show any interest in what you or anyone else it eating? Does baby ever reach for your plate? If you put some food in front of her, either little pieces of things, or some mashed food, or something like a chicken drumstick (with the gristle, splinter bones and most of the meat removed) she will not pick it up? Or she will pick it up but just not put it too her mouth?

    Do you have an opportunity to be around other children who are eating? Sometimes a monkey see monkey do experience helps.

    My biggest concern is you will be told that somehow breastfeeding - either the duration or the quantity- is causing this to happen. So let me assure you that could not be the case. It cannot be the case because children nursing well into toddlerhood for most of their nutrition is normal, biologically. So your 13 month old nursing when she likes will not cause feeding issues. Either this is normal and your child is just a 'late eater" developmentally, or there is some issue going on with motor skills, or oral aversion, or sensitivity to textures or something. But breastfeeding did not cause this concern and not breastfeeding will not solve it.

    The book My Child Won't Eat by pediatrician Carlos Gonzalez may be helpful. I know I found it very helpful when I was dealing with a 'late eater."
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; September 4th, 2016 at 06:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*maddieb View Post
    but on the other hand not liking to be spoon fed is not the same thing as not wanting to put anything in the mouth.
    My kids hated being fed from a spoon. But they would happily eat dirt and dog hair off the floor! To me, that said "Hey, we are into using our mouths as a tool to explore the world, and that means we will eventually eat food in addition to dog hair and rocks." If I had a kid who never used her mouth as a tool for exploring her environment, I would be a bit more concerned about oral aversions and other sensory issues.

    Do you have an opportunity to be around other children who are eating? Sometimes a monkey see monkey do experience helps.
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    I have the same question as maddieb and mommal about whether your LO isn't interest in food, or if she never puts anything in her mouth. Usually once babies are able to use their hands and fingers they'll put toys, books, rocks, bits of lint, etc, in their mouths pretty much constantly.

    A 13 month old who rejects solids is not unheard of (although still something to have evaluated, because babies that age do need additional sources of nutrition besides breastmilk). One who has never gnawed on toys or anything else would be extremely unusual. A child psychologist may be helpful either way, since they can do a more thorough developmental evaluation than a pediatrician is equipped to do.

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    Default Re: 13 months, never puts anything in mouth.

    Hello, Maddieb, Mommal and Karen,

    Thank you very much for your input.

    My baby is not interested in food we eat. But she reaches plates and takes the food from plates but she will not put them in her mouth.

    I very very rarely see that she puts things in her mouth. She only puts her fingers in her mouth and bites when she is teething. She grabs the toys, shakes, throws, and takes them again. She looks at books, turn the pages, and throw them. Sometime she smells (for 5 seconds) the things she likes. This is the way how she explore the world. When she sees a very small thing on the floor (like hair or rice) she usually picks it up, observes and holds it in hand.

    She accepts when I brushes her teeth two times every day. (She only has 2 lower teeth, she has got use to the mint flavor of toothpaste)

    She also hates to have her mouth wiped after food.

    I think she is sociable, plays with strangers, smiles often, has very good eye contact. But she learned to stand up when she was 11,5 months. Except her eating issue, she is a overall happy and satisfied baby.

    She eats 4,2 oz commerical baby porriage (very very diluted) with a egg yolk which is mixed in it.

    I plan to breastfeed her until she is 3 years old.
    Last edited by @llli*chzhcn; September 6th, 2016 at 04:08 AM.

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    Default Re: 13 months, never puts anything in mouth.

    So she is eating baby cereal and egg yolk- what happens when you feed that to her? Is she hating it, or is she opening her mouth and taking food and swallowing it?

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    Default Re: 13 months, never puts anything in mouth.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    So she is eating baby cereal and egg yolk- what happens when you feed that to her? Is she hating it, or is she opening her mouth and taking food and swallowing it?
    Hello Mommal,

    She refuses to eat and does not open mouth. Then, I have to force her to taste it. If she feels the texture of baby cereal and egg yolk is very very smooth, she will eat. Otherwise, she will just not open her mouth any more. Yes, she swallows it.

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