Why is my baby gagging ?
Gag reflex is an automatic response that helps prevent choking. Your newborn also has a reflex that causes him to thrust his tongue forward whenever the back of his throat is stimulated. This can make early feeding a little bit difficult. However gagging in babies in not uncommon.
Why do babies gag ?
Babies gag for the following reasons :
- Baby eating more than he wants to
- Baby having too much food in his mouth
- Some babies gag on their own fingers until they figure out how far they can put things in their mouth
- Some babies also gag on formula or breastmilk until they get the rhythm of sucking down especially if it flowing too quickly for them
It is normal for babies to gag as they learn to eat solids. It brings the food forward into the baby’s mouth so that he can chew it some more or try to swallow a smaller amount. As your baby develops and learns to regulate the amount of food he swallows, he will gag less often.