My 3-year-old keeps food in his mouth: Advice?

My three year old has recently started a habit of chewing his last bite of food before nap indefinitely and keeping it in his cheek. He refused to swallow it, but I will not put him down to sleep with it in there because of I. Afraid of a choking hazard. He will say he wants to spit it out or doesn’t like it anymore, even if it is what he enjoyed eating the entire meal. I don’t want to encourage him spitting it out either, just want him to swallow like a normal person. I have tried giving him a little water, explaining it to him, taking away privileges if he doesn’t (like no story before bed or no toy), and nothing works. I am so fried. Help?

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My two year old has just started doing this, and it drives me CRAZY. But with her, she wants to continue to eat while she has that bite and ends up making herself gag…she’s driving me crazy. I, unfortunately, have no advice, but I’m following along to see what everyone says.

My son ( age 4 ) been doing it since 2 and it’s a sensory thing in his case. If he wants to spit it out let him spit it out.

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Start him brushing his teeth before going to bed.

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My daughter’s used to do that I let them spit last bite out

My nephew went through the same thing. Kept food in his cheek like a little chipmunk.
The only thing that worked was keeping a close eye on him and making sure he swallowed it before leaving the table, or playing, or leaving the car, etc.
We had to, many times, pretend to chew and swallow so he would follow and do the same with what was left over in his mouth.
It took a few months, but even after (now about 3 years later) he still does it from time to time

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Taking away privileges?? that’s kind of extreme for something like this … it might me a sore throat or just a habit that will pass within time …my son did it for about two weeks it’s called hamster cheeks .

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Explain to him that by doing that your teeth can rot, that’s the real truth

Could show him a picture of a rotten tooth

This may be a stupid suggestion, but have you tried giving him less food? Maybe thst last bit is just too much for him to finish.

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One of my son’s did this. He was full and couldn’t swallow it. Don’t punish him or force him to swallow it. It just doesn’t want to go down. Let him spit it out. It eventually stopped.

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I used to do that as a kid, particularly with meat. For me, I wasn’t allowed up from the table until my last bite was gone but I didn’t always want to finish my food, so I’d pocket it in the corner of my cheek. I hated eating meat as a kid so this was my best option. Allow your child to spit it out. Sometimes they’re just done eating and don’t know how to express that. If they look like they have had enough, announce “last bite” and make the last bite they take to be the last bite, even if they still have more on the plate. It’s better to teach them to respect their limits than to get upset over a couple of final bites.

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Ok, I used to do this. I don’t know why or at what age but it was young. Let him spit it out. I can’t eat the last bite on my plate even now. I am over 60 years old. I can’t drink a full glass of anything with my meals either. I know we were forced to eat everything on our plates because we were poor. Even being beat black and blue wouldn’t work. I am normal in every other way. So just let them be and let them spit it into the trash nefore the brush their teeth. Less stress on you and them. Thats all I got for you.

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Let him spit it out. It’s the last bite.

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My 1st cousin did this the dentist explained to him he would loose teeth if he kept it up. Worked like a charm

He is a baby may be he is full his little belly is only as big as his fist little

Hes probably full! Just have him spit it out if he wants too as long as he has eaten. No big deal.

My daughter did this for awhile… She’d take a bit of something & just hold it in her mouth for however long. It can worrisome because what if she chokes?
But hes doing it with his last bite & he wants to spit it out… Let him spit him out??? Don’t force him to eat it if hes full & doesn’t want it.

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Let him spit it out. And don’t make him eat the whole plate if he is done before that. The child should be allowed to decide how much they eat; they won’t starve themselves, and there is no need to make a separate meal for them. But don’t make them eat more than they want.

Start brushing his teeth right after eating. Cant brush with food still in there…

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