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my toddler seems to choke and gag on food a lot. could he have a swallowing disorder or possibly putting too much good in his mouth?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Toddler: As a toddler he is probably stuffing his mouth and therefore has difficulty in swallowing. If after restricting the amounts of food that he eats the situation continues, consult your doctor or gastroenterologist.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Both: Toddlers seem to learn over time the speed and amount of food they can swallow at one time, some easier than others.This is more frequent if they are multitasking while feeding. If it happens with most meals and textures, a fluoroscopic study with the guidance of an occupational therapist can define disordered swallowing.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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