How to manage baby gagging

How To: Manage Baby Gagging

Posted in 6+ Months, 6+ Months Development, Baby Food Safety, Baby Health, Introducing Solid Food, Mum and Baby, Parent Know-How

It’s not unusual for babies starting out on solid food to gag. As a reflex that protects from choking, too much food, food of an unfamiliar texture or food that is simply not liked can all cause your baby to gag. For these reasons it’s not uncommon for it to happen when starting solids as well as when your baby transitions to lumpier textures and is learning to chew.

Gagging is not choking

Baby gagging is usually accompanied by retching sounds, watery eyes and a bright red face. These are all signs that air is still moving and baby can still breathe. Choking on the other hand is silent, as the windpipe is blocked and air is unable to pass. Choking requires your immediate intervention. Always supervise your baby when feeding so you can be alert to the differences between baby gagging and choking.

Stay calm

If your baby gags when eating or drinking the most important thing to do is avoid panic. Gagging is a normal protective reaction. Give your baby time to clear and swallow their food. Managing new textures is something they need to be allowed to learn. If they appear to be in trouble simply clear the food from their mouth and give them plenty of reassurance. As your baby gets more practiced at swallowing a variety of foods of varying textures they will gag less. If this doesn’t happen, then take the time to chat with your doctor who can make sure there are no physical issues for continued gagging.

About the Author

About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .

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