Facts on Gagging in Babies

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Gagging is a normal reflex in babies and can happen for several reasons. Everyone has a gag reflex to help prevent choking. When a baby, who is up to about six months old, feels anything on the back of his throat, he will push his tongue forward. This makes feeding him those first servings of infant cereal a messy task. Gagging could also lead to vomiting.

Gagging is a normal reflex in babies and can happen for several reasons. Everyone has a gag reflex to help prevent choking. When a baby, who is up to about six months old, feels anything on the back of his throat, he will push his tongue forward. This makes feeding him those first servings of infant cereal a messy task. Gagging could also lead to vomiting.

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