Feeding Issues Due To SPD

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Registered: 09-25-2010
Feeding Issues Due To SPD
Sat, 09-25-2010 - 12:45pm

I am brand new, but in desperate shape. We have a 2 1/2 year old with SPD. He also has Autism, hypotonia, and the list goes on. He has always had feeding issues. We were unable to breastfeed due to his hypotonia. He couldn't suck hard enough and oy. Then we moved to bottles and had to move to the fastest flowing nipple for the same reason. A 6 week old with a level 3 nipple due to his hypotonia. He has many allergies (gluten, soy, corn, caseing, nuts, and an intolerance to many oils) but we have found a lot of foods that he can eat, due to homemade everything. The problem is, he won't/can't. He asks for food. Normally he will ask for grapes or a banana, that's about it. I put a meal in front of him and help him when he will let me (but often he hates to have anyone with their hands near him when he eats). But he just doesn't eat. Today, lunch was 8 grapes, 2 strawberries, and that was it. That's a normal meal for him. I tried to get a bit of turkey into him. He allowed it in his mouth, opened super wide, much wider than needed, and finally chomped down using the same motion we make when doing feeding therapy times. It's all mechanical and it was one bite. But, at least it was something.

He's on medical food due to his inability to get enough nutrition and I just don't see an end in sight. I don't understand how to help him and no one seems to really grasp how to help him. It's like he just has no interest at all in any food out there, doesn't even want sweets such as cookies, ice cream, and so on.