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Anybody here with selective eaters?

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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Hi all, My 31 month old son is very selective about food. He is particular about the texture and wont touch anything wet. He will peel a banana but wont touch it once it is peeled. He used to have bananas regularly 9 months back, before our trip to our home town across the globe. I fed him a banana back home and he didn't like it. I felt it was the same as a banana here in the US. Since that day, its been 9 months now, he never tasted a banana again.That was the only fruit he ever had. Now I make purees of fruits and veggies and hide it in flat breads, muffins, nuggets, etc. He eats dry corn flakes, but wont touch them if they are dipped in milk. He gets distressed when offered new foods. He has never tasted ice creams nor chocolates nor cakes, food most kids love. He eats cheeselings and banana chips on his own.  I feed him all meals cause he will just not sit at one place and focus on the meal. Anybody faced a similar situation? Any method to encourage him to eat other textures?

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Rosebud27aj
by Amanda on Aug. 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

My youngest ds is very selective. He only eats about 8 things all crunchy. He eats no fruits, veggies or meat. He gets a liquid multi vitamin. He will touch other foods or bring it up to his top or bottom lip to feel the food. If he doesn't like the feel, he gives it back. We are waiting on starting ot for feeding. 

drowningmama
by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

My 10 year old only eats crunchy.  Nothing but crunchy.

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 20, 2013 at 4:24 AM

My 5 year old eats baby food...only one particular kind of baby food.  That's it.  He's fed through a g-tube for most of his nutrition. 

bethkeagan
by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:49 AM
I have the same prob.to! I have found that he will only sit to eat/play if he is in a high chair he can't get out of! He has much more focus when he is confined. He even does his therapy in his chair. If I didn't have the chair he would never sit down. I'm worried on what to do when he gets to big for the chair lol he is 30months but he is 36in and 40lbs! Try a chair!! Good luck!
lucasmadre
by Kari on Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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The question is- does anyone here have a child who isn't a selective eater? :) I think you have to be really patient about this one, my son is 9 and he still has his issues. One week he loves chili the next week it is out. He "cycles" through food and I just go with it. It seems like if I get him involved it helps, writing grocery lists, preparing food. I know you aren't there yet but you will be soon...it sounds like you are using a lot of good techniques to get the food he needs into him. I think everything you describe is pretty common for all ASD kids.

Hang in there, if there is one thing you can count on with our kids it is- if you wait a few minutes everything will change :) In the meantime a good multi vitamin (gummies) is always a good idea...if he will eat it! XO

princess_1983
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

My 5 year old was a picky eater. He still is to a point but has ate a variety of foods over the last couple of weeks.

SamMom912
by Gold Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM
I just started reading "take a bite" book about resistant eaters. Im only on chapter 3 so I cant offer any guidance aside from borrowing it from your local library. ;)

I have taken my son to a feeding specialist (2 yrs. ago?) she made some helpful suggestions about food introductions - that food is more then eating- but texture; consistency; smell.. That playing with food and its exploration in any way is good! So playing with food is strongly encouraged. Lol

I also want to point out - kids with speech delays have lots of issues with their mouths, tongues, manipulating the food is actually difficult. Since you cant see in your mouth; you need to rely on your senses for info. Many of our kids have sensory issues and may "stuff" their mouths due to low feeling in their mouths- or resist completely.
When you have SPD you don't get good info from your senses.. You're betrayed. This is an area that needs a lot of patience and work...
Rembrandt2186
by Jes on Aug. 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

My DD has food issues too. She used to be a great eater, but now she is very selective. We are waiting for our OT to start working with her on eating issues. Good luck! 

mypbandj
by Jen on Aug. 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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My 3 year old refuses to eat foods that are hot. In fact, he wants them really cold, as in frozen! I'm talking frozen chicken nuggets or frozen corndogs or frozen noodles. If we even try to microwave something for him, he freaks out! Once we went out for pizza and we had to send back his pizza so they could put it in the freezer for awhile. I'm not even kidding! LOL

Its really not that uncommon for toddlers to refuse certain foods and only eat just one or two things, however with kids on the spectrum, its usually a little bit more than a normal toddler food jag. I think its probably treated the same way though....you keep offering, don't make a big deal over it, and hope they will eventually try it. 

Simran81
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM


Thanks, m new to the group and also this is the first asd support group I have joined. Ds's food habits were so different from other kids. I used to always wonder why. But now it's making sense to me. He won't have gummies. After lot of trial and error he accepted pediasure strawberry mixed in 1:1 milk.

Quoting lucasmadre:

The question is- does anyone here have a child who isn't a selective eater? :) I think you have to be really patient about this one, my son is 9 and he still has his issues. One week he loves chili the next week it is out. He "cycles" through food and I just go with it. It seems like if I get him involved it helps, writing grocery lists, preparing food. I know you aren't there yet but you will be soon...it sounds like you are using a lot of good techniques to get the food he needs into him. I think everything you describe is pretty common for all ASD kids.

Hang in there, if there is one thing you can count on with our kids it is- if you wait a few minutes everything will change :) In the meantime a good multi vitamin (gummies) is always a good idea...if he will eat it! XO



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