Feeding Red Flags

Feeding/Oral Motor Red Flags for Referral

  • Coughing, choking, or gagging during bottle or breast feeding
  • Raspy “wet” vocal quality shortly after bottle or breast feeding
  • Ongoing poor weight gain
  • Decreased tolerance/difficulty transitioning to pureed foods
  • Decreased tolerance/difficulty transitioning to a sippy cup or open cup
  • Decreased tolerance/difficulty transitioning to increased textures including: Stage 2 or 3 baby foods, Crunchy meltables (ie: Gerber puffs, crunchies, wagon wheels, etc), Table foods
  • Frequent coughing or throat clearing during/shortly after feeding
  • Coughing or gagging on new foods or textures
  • Consistent drooling
  • Refusing to eat certain foods, temperatures, or textures
  • Continuing to tolerate only baby foods past 12 months
  • Food repertoire of less than 20 foods at 18+ months
  • Food jags lasting longer than a few days