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my sons eating problem Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
11th Mar '13

sorry for the weird title wasnt really sure how to "sum it up" lol anyway DS is 13 months old and recently has been having lots of problems with choking while eating. he has always gagged here and there which he still does but now he actually chokes to the point that hes not breathing, and he it choking on purre's not table foods. its to the point to where it happens at least once a day and sometimes results in him throwing up. I called his pedi and they brought him in to look at him. the pedi said it appears that DS has extra spaces on both sides of his mouth on top at the very back of his throat but was not 100% sure. he said it would explain the choking as food sometimes goes up instead of immediately down when swallowing. he also said that as DS grows the spaces would get bigger, explaining the sudden worsening of the problem. we now have an appointment at an ENT to do a scope of his throat to confirm and/or see what is causing it.




has anyone ever heard of this? he didnt give me any kind of "name" for what the problem may be or a lot of detail about it since he wasnt 100% sure so just wondering if anyone has any idea about this. Thanks! sorry its so long!

Elle&Cole 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Rio Rancho, NM, United States 25132 posts
11th Mar '13

That's scary! I hope you get some answers mama

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5437 posts
11th Mar '13

I didn't finish reading this but once I read the choking thing, I wanted to ask have they done a swallow study on him?

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
11th Mar '13
Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:" That's scary! I hope you get some answers mama"


thank you me too! :/

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
11th Mar '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" I didn't finish reading this but once I read the choking thing, I wanted to ask have they done a swallow study on him?"


no not yet. they said if the ENT doesnt see anything physically wrong then that will be the next step. what all does that include? like what do they do exactly?

JoAnna &hearts's Jett Due January 20 (boy); 1 child; Midlothian, TX, United States 6738 posts
11th Mar '13

My son has a super sensitive gag reflux. And since about 12 months has gagged on food every day. Now that he's old it's more like 2-3 times a week. It's gotten way better.

October2011 2 kids; Pennsylvania 7000 posts
11th Mar '13

hmm hopefully his throat is okay! My son did the same thing, almost daily when he was that age. But his was a texture issue..which is why he was on formula til 15 months. Now he eats so many more foods..took a while to get to this point because everything, even baby food made him gag.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5437 posts
11th Mar '13

A swallow study is really easy. They sit in a chair, in an xray room. They slowly give him different textured foods and liquids that have barium in them and watch it go down his throat to see how well it travels and where, if anywhere, it gets stuck. It's a good way to rule out things like reflux and what not!

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
11th Mar '13
Quoting JoAnna &hearts's Jett:" My son has a super sensitive gag reflux. And since about 12 months has gagged on food every day. Now that he's old it's more like 2-3 times a week. It's gotten way better."


did you ever get it checked out by the pedi? not trying to sound rude im just wondering if that was the conclusion the dr came to or you just decided to wait it out? glad your son is doing better though! its awful

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
11th Mar '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" A swallow study is really easy. They sit in a chair, in an xray room. They slowly give him different ... [snip!] ... to see how well it travels and where, if anywhere, it gets stuck. It's a good way to rule out things like reflux and what not!"


oh cool thanks! that makes sense. i had no idea what they would do lol the pedi did bring up reflux too but hes never had any signs of reflux but im sure they will figure that all out soon, or at least i hope so!

JoAnna &hearts's Jett Due January 20 (boy); 1 child; Midlothian, TX, United States 6738 posts
11th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Brit :):</b>" did you ever get it checked out by the pedi? not trying to sound rude im just wondering if that was ... [snip!] ... if that was the conclusion the dr came to or you just decided to wait it out? glad your son is doing better though! its awful "</blockquote>




Yes! And that's exactly what his pedi said. He has an over sensitive gag reflux. Yes it was awful! I didn't know what to do, even like water and juice make him gag and it usually ends up being thrown up.

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
11th Mar '13
Quoting JoAnna &hearts's Jett:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Brit :):</b>" did you ever get it checked out by the pedi? ... [snip!] ... Yes it was awful! I didn't know what to do, even like water and juice make him gag and it usually ends up being thrown up."


wow thats no fun :(

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5437 posts
11th Mar '13
Quoting Brit :):" oh cool thanks! that makes sense. i had no idea what they would do lol the pedi did bring up reflux ... [snip!] ... up reflux too but hes never had any signs of reflux but im sure they will figure that all out soon, or at least i hope so!"


Reflux is not always obvious. There's silent reflux that does not have any signs or symptoms.

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
11th Mar '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" Reflux is not always obvious. There's silent reflux that does not have any signs or symptoms."


ive heard a little about that before..gosh i would feel terrible if he has has reflux all this time and i didnt know it. thank you for all your responses btw!