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Riddhi asked:
Hi. My LO is 17 months old. But he still like to eat puréed style of food. How can I encourage him to start chewing the food? Bedly need the recommendation.

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Roxanne Lau answered:
Thanks for your question! Our Healthcare Expert will be answering some questions every week but in the meantime, here's a little tip from our Careline! It is normal for a toddler to develop a liking to pureed food as the texture is soft and easier to swallow and good for digestion. It acts as a comfort food for them when they are unwell. You may start off by gradually introduce different textured food into his diet. For example, you can have some diced chicken or meat in his pureed food so the change won't be too much for him. You may also introduce some fruits such as diced apple, pear or grapes etc. Do not force him if he refuse as he will learn how to accept it once he is ready

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Liew_Woei_Kang answered:
There is actually nothing wrong with puree food at 17 months old, especially if he is thriving well. Just make sure the puree food is complete in all food groups to ensure adequate nutrition and vitamins/minerals. Nonetheless weaning to solids would encourage the development of the chewing and working the oral muscles. This is an important developmental milestone as the child grows, and is an important step towards good eating habits. But just as all developmental milestones, different children attain this skill at a different pace. Some tips include starting with foods that the child has shown interest in, eg a cut fruit, or biscuits, and slowly build on these to add variety. The advice are kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or paediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Blissfulthots answered:
Its time to give him minced food at his age. If he keeps eating purees, he may not be able to learn to chew well...I tink for a start for the pureed food, u can puree it lesser, ie: make it slightly chunkier.. Slowly start fr the puree food, and then give him try more variety of food. If he likes the other food that U introduce to him, I guess he will not mind that its not pureed.

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