A Gagging Addendum

A nice lady whose name escapes me has just written to me on another website to ask me if Babybear ever vomited after a gagging sesh. And of course she did, but because she hasn’t done it in a while I had completely forgotten about it. How remiss of me…

So yes, she did do some puking after a big gag, but I just used to put my hand out to catch it and not make a fuss about it. A bit of ‘oh, poor Babybear’ and then back to her lunch.

What was peculiar about the vomit was that it seemed very mucus-y as opposed to sicky, almost as if her body had produced some sort of emergency lubricant to help clear her throat. I’d be really interested to know if anyone else had experienced this, so comment please if you can?

15 Responses to “A Gagging Addendum”

  1. sharon west says:

    interestingly, dd recently had a cold with a bad cough. She was having trouble clearing it one night, was sick and it was very mucus-y. Only bfing at present.

    • Aitch says:

      that’s something my second daughter does a lot when she gets a cough, some kids do it, some don’t it seems. utterly revolting and quite tense-making… i distinctly remember keeping a Facebook ‘Laundry Watch’ when she had a cold last year, fourteen straight days of changing the bedding thanks to that bloomin’ cough-cough-blergh that she was doing. people were very sympathetic (while secretly THRILLED that it wasn’t them.)

  2. Caitlyn says:

    happened a few times to us, also when she had a cough. And it was also very mucus-y. She seemed to have trouble getting a proper meal for a few days, but after the cough went away she made up for it and was fine.

  3. Clairee says:

    Yes, all the time, especially my first daughter who took ages to get over the gag reflex thing. All perfectly normal. But I am glad that DD2 doesn’t gag nearly so much!

  4. Sarah says:

    Yes, Little Bailey did this today. He gagged and choked a bit on a piece of rye cracker and later he puked up his milk a few times and it was VERY mucus-y! It might not have helped that Mummy was walking little B around under her arm whilst he was eating the said rye cracker! He was however enjoying the new snack and we will try it again in a few days time – sitting quietly in his high chair me thinks! : )

  5. Skip says:

    Yep, definitely mucusy as opposed to milky in my experience. That’s such a n interesting idea that it’s a lubricant to help get the food out – makes sense really.

    I know some kids are more inclined to vomiting than others but that could be related to lots of other things – allergies/intolerances/reflux/hereditary pukiness!

  6. redwoodmama says:

    This actually happens to me, fairly regularly. My esophagus spasms every so often, especially when I eat too fast. When it’s bad, I end up gagging and spitting up chewed, mucousy food. (lovely, am grossing my own self out.)

    • Aitch says:

      how interesting, redwoodmama. and eeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuw.

    • Aitch says:

      do you then immediately return to your meal, leaving the mucousy crud lying on the table beside you and signalling to a parent that someone’s gonna need to deal with that? that’s what my two did…

  7. Tia says:

    I came onto the site to look up this exact issue. My son, 6 and a half months, did this exact thing today and it kind of freaked me out. He was having an orange slice, which he loves, and bit off a pice of the ride. He gagged on the rind for a few seconds then started burping and the rind along with mucous came out. It scared me a bit but I was also proud of him for working it our himself. I moved it off to the side and let him carry on trying not to make a deal of it.
    so glad I found this thread as I feel much better now.
    Thank you

  8. Karen says:

    This is very interesting. I started my 6 month old daughter on blw about a week ago – she gagged the first time and a little bit the second time. Ever since, she has sounded very mucousy – as if she needs to clear her throat.

    Today she sicked up a bit of her milk feed and it was actually a little bit mucousy. I wonder if it is some sort of mechanism in the baby to avoid choking. Or it might be pure coincidence and my baby just has a slight cold or something at the moment.

  9. Prue says:

    Yes!! My ds was munching on a piece of watermelon a few weeks ago and started”choking” and finally vomited up a big pile of mucous.

  10. Hyman says:

    I experienced this the other night! We are just starting out, and I let my son have wedges of really ripe comice pear on his tray … well he was devouring it and must have gotten a little bit swallowed because it was so ripe … and he gagged than it came out as throw up. It was mucousy as you described! I didn’t make a thing of it at all … just wipe and say are you ok? to validate his feelings and than he moved on eating again :)

  11. Gregoria says:

    Has anyone checked with a professional? Has anyone heard of aspiration pneumonia? Gagging is not a natural part of the swallowing process-gagging may be due to poor muscle tone, and the food can slip into the throat before the swallow has been complete; gagging may be due to the change in food texture or inability to tolerate the smell; or coordinate the swallow and the bolus formation of the food (even if it is a puree)-there are different puree thicknesses; gagging may be due to gastroesophageal reflux. You are making too light of gagging. It needs to be paid attention to-and a professional should be consulted before medical opinions are made.

    • Aitch says:

      No-one’s suggesting not paying attention to our kids, though, are we? We’re sitting right there with them, watching them. But yes, as it happens, Gill Rapley is a professional. Decades of experience as a health visitor in the UK, before working for the Unicef Baby-Friendly Initiative.

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