Frustrated that our son still won't eat

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Registered: 03-24-2007
Frustrated that our son still won't eat
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Sun, 09-13-2009 - 11:52pm

My son has had eating issues since the age of 4 months - refusing to eat baby food, rice cereal, fruits, etc.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Mon, 09-14-2009 - 7:08am

Hello and welcome to the board. My son does not have eating issues but does have sensory issues and a speech disorder. I have never heard anyone say a child has a speech delay because they didn't eat. I would be more incline to think your son has a speech delay because of sensory issues related to motor planning or low tone.

What kind of therapy was the OT doing? I know there are others on here that have kids with eating issues. Does your therapist work on "waking up" your sons mouth. My son is a sensory seeker but has a lazy mouth and is unaware of his lips, tongue, jaw. So making his mouth move the right way to eat was hard for him. He couldn't chew food and had no lateral tongue movement. We had to teach him how to move his tongue and lips. It's been a long road. He was over 3 years old before he could blow raspberries. Because of his chewing issues he did not eat meats or chewy foods. He is still a picky eater...but will eat a variety of textures. Which is why I say he doesn't have eating issues. Does your son not want to eat foods because of textures? Gabe also won't eat things that are mixed....like meat in spaghetti sauce or soups. He thinks it is yucky and won't eat it. It's more of a visual thing with him.

Hopefully someone dealing with food issues can answer your questions better then I can. Is your son getting speech therapy? An ST can work on eating issues too if it is related to motor planning.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.



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Registered: 11-13-2003
Mon, 09-14-2009 - 11:34pm

We went through sensory issues when introducing solids at 6 mos.

Molly
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Registered: 05-06-2009
Wed, 09-23-2009 - 4:52pm

I agree, check with your state's Early Intervention program. It is a great service and you will not have to worry about costs.


They've helped (still helping) our boys immensely.

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Registered: 05-29-2007
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 1:12pm
We go through the same thing. Textures have been quite a long journey for us. We are finding out though that it is more the attention at eating than the food itself. So in OT we are working on high energy and deep pressure play. We do that then make him focus on play or have a snack. It seems to help. Most people would say Nolan is ADD, but they say he just needs certain stimulation more than other children. I know your frustrations though. It has been a really long 20 months for us.
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