Max gaged from 11 months to 17 months, with the peak at 14 months. He is a gagger no doubt. He never liked drinking from the bottle either. He was very sensitive to anything he had to chew. I worked with him every few days at first and then more frequently as it got better. I tried every kind of texture of food you could imagine, potatoes and doughy stuff was the worse. The secret was, never bootle feed before solids, because then he would gag and throw up his bottle. It was such a pain. But slowly he got better. Now he eats everything and rarely gags. With a little practice, they learn to refine their oral skills.
Also, if he is gagging while food is in his mouth, it's probably not related to the reflux. He probably has a senstive gag reflux, so when things get stuck in a certain place in the mouth, they tend to gag. I either give Max water or take out the offending object and let him recover before we try again.
DH, John (36)
Max, 1/20/03, 25 wks, 1lb. 3ozs. (IUGR), severe PE
#2 is on the way, EDD 4/18/05 (seems so far away!)