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My five year old daughter has always had eating issues. She gets very anxious and nervous around new foods. She has a very sensitive gag reflex.

Since my daughter was two she will very rarely eat anything other than her staple meals ( cereal or waffles- peanut butter sandwiches- chicken nuggets-and various fruits and snacks). She gags and gets very emotional. We have tried alot of tactics with no real results. She is generally healthy but edging into being overweight. I'm concerned that even she is getting bored with her own choices but can't get herself to eat other foods. What can we do?
In Topics: My picky eater, Eating disorders
> 60 days ago

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Dr.Monika
Feb 9, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

The question is why does she gag on food?  Is it a texture issue or is there something that prevents her from swallowing her food.  Talk about this with your daughter's regular health care provider  (HP) at the next well visit.  She might need an evaluation by an ENT or a therapist.  Your child's HP will help you sort it out.

Suggested readings:

Healthy weight basics

http://www.pluggedinparents.com/component/content/article/567

The power of healthy snacks

http://www.pluggedinparents.com/component/content/article/20

Bad food = bad behavior

http://www.pluggedinparents.com/component/content/article/426

Best regards.

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Karenmom
Karenmom writes:
Hi!
I agree with Dr. Monica, except I wouldn't wait until the next regular exam unless it's the next couple of weeks.  I believe I would go ahead and call her pediatrician and arrange an appointment now to discuss these matters.  I had a cousin that actually was getting choked while eating and unable to swallow properly that actually had to have surgery to correct the problem.  Peace of mind is priceless, so don't put off an appointment.  Best wishes!
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momosan1
momosan1 writes:
The overweight issue is lack of movement. If we just sit and eat, yes we will begin to put on weight. On the other hand, is your daughter big for her age? My son is over 4ft tall and only 5, weighs about 50-52 pounds. Doctors are fine with his weight because of his height. My son is very picky about foods, and was also gagging a little bit. I began to really pay attention. He does not like foods that have lots of flavor to them. Prefers the bland side. Once I started cooking more foods like that, he ate much better. Maybe try that. Hope it works out for ya. :)
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