New...daughter has bad oral sensitivity

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New...daughter has bad oral sensitivity
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 2:13pm

I heard about this board through a friend of my Dads. I have been dealing with my daughter's oral sensitivity and eating issues since she started on baby food at 4 months old. She is now 2 1/2 and only eats one type of banana mixed berry baby food (only for her daycare provider not at home for myself or my husband) and drinks pediasure for the rest of her nutrition. She has been in OT for a couple of months now but it is not helping that much. She has never

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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 6:12pm

In the same boat :)

The sniff, lick thing my DS OT had him do never really worked. In fact it seemed to give my DH food aversions! It grossed him out so bad & the OT was insistent we all do it together. By the time my son would lick eggs they were cold, etc. So now cooking for him has become as tricky as for my DS. My DD luckily ties a lot of food, but sometimes she likes to do what big bro does & won't try anything.

I wish I had loosened up. Not tried so hard. I'm still struggling with pushing too hard. (Oh, BTW, DS is now 8 years old.)

Also, I would recommend not doing baby food with your DS. After my DS, I didn't with my DD and am so thankful. I was talking to somebody else who did baby food with her eldest & had these sort of problems & we fear the over-processed food just might have something to do with it.

To get my DS to try anything new is a long process and there are cycles. I'm guessing it has to do with growth spurts, all of a sudden he'll eat a little more & then kaboom we're back to a single food. I do believe stress plays into it a little bit.

So you have 2 things you can work with. The banana/berry & pediasure.

I've figured this.
Breakfast is the meal that gets us going in the day. Breakfast is also usually on a time constraint. Therefore, breakfast belongs to her right now. Give her what she wants. Lunch is at daycare & maybe you can play with it a little on the weekends.

Dinner .... you know what, she can go to bed hungry. Just be sure she gets extra helpings at breakfast if need be. But I have finally found it is best to say to my kids - this is dinner, you eat or you don't eat, but this is it. If you eat dinner (not clean plate - but enough to convince me they ate) they can have food after dinner. If they do not eat their dinner they are only allowed 1 fruit or as many veggies as they want before bed, but that is it.

This will be a struggle for you, I know it will as I had a hard time, but we're there and the kids don't argue any more.

Now, I would think your first goal is to get her to eat something solid at home. My GUESS is, at daycare, there just really is no choice but the banana/berry - where at home she knows she can get the pediasure if she holds out long enough.

I wish I knew what pediasure tasted like... it would help.

Maybe you take some banana, a single slice, put into a bowl & give her a fork. Have her squish it, mush it - use fingers and/or spoon. Then take some of her pediasure and mix it in, so it's mostly pediasure. Find a fun straw & see if she can suck it in.

If she likes, repeat the process, but maybe slightly less pediasure.

Maybe if this works you can use one of the berries in the mix & boil it at home (to make soft) let it cool & then let her try again alone & with banana - see which one she likes more.

At dinner time, fix her a plate of what you're eating and have the pediasure as her drink - but maybe milked down so it's not as good as breakfasts - or only 1/4th as much. On her plate make everything pea sized. If she went for the banana maybe have a slice of banana all by itself on there too and/or a frozen berry.

Do you have food down that is in easy reach? Apples on the table, baby carrots on a low shelf of the fridge, cheerios set out in a bowl on a counter? Something where she can maybe go get something to eat on her own (independently).

There are some beginner ideas.

This is hard, I know. Hopefully something will trigger before it's time to prepare school lunches - as that is a total pain in the butt!!!!

Start with something like this.




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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:10pm

Hello and welcome to the board. I am in the same boat. My son just developed out of the blue a severe food aversion. He dropped 8lbs in less then two months and now gets most of his nutrition from tube feeds. Gabe is 5.6 years old.

We have an appt this Friday at a feeding clinic. I'm interested to see what they suggest.

Gabe has always had sensory issues....but he was mostly an oral seeker....putting everything in his mouth....Now we struggle just to get him to eat anything...or even drink pediasure.

We started tube feeding him last Friday. He hasn't lost any weight since then!!! YAY! He was losing a little over a pound a week...yikes.

Have you thought about seeing someone at a feeding clinic? I don't know how well we as a family are going to deal with the feeding clinic's ideas...but we are willing to at least try.

I hope your wee one starts eating solids for you....again...welcome to the baord



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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 2:50pm
Thank you so much for all of the tips! I will work on trying some. It is good to know I am not alone in my struggle! :)
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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 2:59pm
Hi, it must be hard to deal with the feeding tube... but a good thing he isnt losing weight now! I will ask my OT about a feeding clinic. It may help. Thankfully my daughter went from the 30th percentile to the 60th in her weight! I don't know how but I am glad. Thank you for the support.
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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 3:02pm
Thank you for all of the great ideas! I will look into trying them. My OT does not specialize in sensory but I have a friend who uses an OT that does and she gave me her information so I am going to try and contact her. I am glad I found a place where I can get some help and share my struggles! :)