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I had a few questions about 14 month old’s eating habits. First off, he switched to cow's milk at 12 months with no problems at all. He normally eats pretty well, but seems to have an issue with the texture of some foods - mostly fruits & cooked vegetables. He eats bread, toast, chicken, and other harder texture foods with no problems. When I give him vegetables such as, peas, green beans, carrots, he immediately spits it out. He does try to take a second bite, so I don't think it's a taste issue, but he seems to hate the texture & always spits it out. He does the same with fruits (peaches, strawberries, grapes). Also with mac & cheese. He eats applesauce, mashed potatoes & other softer foods. I was wondering if this is something I should be concerned about and is it ok to feed him vegetable baby food to be sure he's getting what he needs?

Your son’s eating problems do not sound like a medical issue. In pediatrics, we worry about and try to identify children with "oral motor issues". Patients with oral motor weakness are unable to eat foods that require more oral muscular strength and coordination. Since your son can eat difficult foods like chicken, his issues are unlikely to be medical in origin.

His issue must be a texture or taste issue. He simply does not like to eat fruits and veggies. Continue to offer him fruits and veggies and continue to set a good example by eating them in front of him. If he will eat pureed fruits and veggies continue to serve them until he improved. You may use the pureed foods as a vehicle to resolve the issue. He may improve by gradually thickening or mixing in pieces of regular food in with his pureed food. Eventually, he will learn to overcome these preferences.


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I have one “add on” question to this. If I continue to present the veggies & fruits & he still refuses to eat them, should I give him something else just so he eats or let him be hungry? (... more on toddler refusing to eat healthy foods)


Written January 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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