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bottles/pacifiers = baby gagging?

Posted by on May. 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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Apparently not only does my daughter have a CRAZY tongue thrust reflex where her tongue pushes everything out, she also gags on everything. (She's a month old). Pacifiers and bottles make her gag/choke assuming they get past the tongue thrust.

It makes sense because for the first few days of life she was tongue thrusting instead of nursing and I had to do some finger training to get her to latch.

Just a bit confused as to how to get her to take a bottle.

I know *I* don't do it. Slow flow nipple. One ounce per hour, etc.

But she seems totally unable to take anything w/o gagging/puking.

I'm guessing I'll need to get a feeding syringe or something similar. Unless there's a way to bottle feed a gaggy baby?

Need to be in court tomorrow, and it's looking like I have to take her b/c there's no way to feed her until I get a syringe & verify she can eat from it.

Any tricks for getting baby to take a bottle w/o gagging? It's not the flow b/c she gags on pacifiers too.
by on May. 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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by Kate on May. 22, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Could you do the sippy cup with valve removed tip and sip thing?

by on May. 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM
Maybe shorter nipple on the bottle? My kids hated bottles too! Liam was gaggy as well and he also was the tongue thruster. Idk...sorry...
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by Member on May. 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM

My DS gags on paci and bottles. He has a tongue tie. He also chokes or has to pull of to swallow when nursing. Getting his tongue tie looked at next week.

by on May. 23, 2012 at 7:58 AM
She apparently pushes anything out of her mouth that comes in at the front, gags on anything that comes in further back. Sippy w/ valve out makes milk come out of her nose.

She can SORT of manage a breastflow bottle with the inner nipple taken out as long as I don't let her actually suck on it and if I tilt up to let milk into the nipple, down so that more doesn't flow until the nip is empty.. lather rinse and repeat. But then she sucks air and pukes when she burps.

Maybe a SNS on a finger?

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by on May. 23, 2012 at 8:01 AM
No tongue tie. Not sure what's up w/ her. Am going to see if I can get her bottle feeding observed by.. I don't know. Would an IBCLC know how to deal w/ bottle issues?

I'm afraid of her aspirating considering how weird she acts. She nurses fine & I never would have noticed anything if not for the weird paci/bottle thing.
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by mel on May. 23, 2012 at 8:14 AM

would an ent be able to help? or a developmental specialist?

by on May. 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM

what about a premie sized nipple until you can get the underlying issues corrected?

by on May. 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM
try NUK nipples
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by on May. 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Our lc had us on nuk nipples also to help train his toungue, we would set it on his bottom lip and when he would open we would tilt it in as if he was latching on breast.

 When they thought he had a thrust problem in the NICU they sent up a physical therapist and we had a follow up appt with them too. So a LC might be able to help, but you might check and see if it is something a physical therapist would be better at addressing. I am not sure because our issue was he was a new 37 week baby and he just didnt know how to use a bottle when he was first born (why would he...) and the whole thing was silly for us. But it sounds like you have a similar issue to what they were overreacting to with us. 

by on May. 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM
My daughter does this too, never thought it could mean there's a problem?
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