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Why cant my baby swallow baby food?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Swallowing: The american academy of pediatrics recommends waiting until your infant is at least six months old to begin introducing solid foods. Babies are born with a sucking reflex, but getting food off a spoon requires a different bucal movement. Keeping solid food in the mouth and then swallowing takes practice. Make sure that you baby is ready.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Could be...: ...A number of reasons: poor coordination of chewing, problem with throat or esophagus -- or, most commonly, just not being hungry enough.
Last updated Nov 20, 2013


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