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eating issues

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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My ds 7 almost 8 has issues with food textures and smells. He will only eat like 3 things really. If I put my foot down this just leads to alot of yelling crying gagging and puking. I need help. How do I help my son?
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dawncs
by Dawn on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Have you thought of doing Sensory Integration Therapy with him and an occupational therapist? Also, have you thought of getting him invovled with a feeding specialist?

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by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I agree here.  We had to do all this with my kids, and still do with one.   Our OTs do our  sensory and feeding therapy, but there are also special short period programs available for the feeding.  We then repeat all the techniques at home.

Quoting dawncs:

Have you thought of doing Sensory Integration Therapy with him and an occupational therapist? Also, have you thought of getting him invovled with a feeding specialist?


SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM
2 good books are "just take a bite" and "food chaining" these may be good helpful resources.
Power struggles are not good. Dont get into them.
These books were very helpful to me in understanding why my son had difficulty & things I could do to help- effectively without power struggles.
Both were available at the library.
If you have more specific questions, i can help with, let me know. :)
Dolcepsle
by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM
If it's truly a texture issue then he'd likely benefit from a therapist.
SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 5:23 PM
Im just curious... But dont you think there are lots of food with similar textures that she could increase his options on her own...
I think many kids stretch more for mom then strangers... But I know all kids are different...

Quoting Dolcepsle: If it's truly a texture issue then he'd likely benefit from a therapist.
Dolcepsle
by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:23 PM
If he has genuine tactile issues versus being a pain in the butt to annoy mom then trying foods with similar textures might make him gag or vomit. My friends son vomited any time he ate something creamy. It didn't matter what it was, the texture was overwhelming. My daughter doesn't have food issues but she has clothing issues. We work with a therapist to desensitize her. I hope it works, I am sick of seeing baby butt crack because anything near her belly button makes her uncomfortable/queasy. I'd have called BS on her but she is very good with everything else so I knew it genuinely bothered her.

Quoting SamMom912: Im just curious... But dont you think there are lots of food with similar textures that she could increase his options on her own...
I think many kids stretch more for mom then strangers... But I know all kids are different...

Quoting Dolcepsle: If it's truly a texture issue then he'd likely benefit from a therapist.
Charizma77
by Carissa on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM

My friends son was the exact same way and feeding therapy helped him a lot.

SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Dec. 29, 2014 at 4:58 AM
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Oh, i think you and I have different views of kids (and people)... I dont think anyone ever wants to be a pain in the butt... I think if they are not being successful something is getting in their way... And if it isnt tactile, it could be anxiety. Olfactory, or in my sons case, he has a scissor bite (baby teeth) which means his teeth don't meet... His upper and lower teeth miss each other making chewing chewy foods (meat) really difficult pair that with oral motor issues, poor muscle tone and poor body awareness --- eating involves all our senses... And is complicated... If someone isnt successful or doing their best, i honestly dont ever believe they just "want" to be difficult...
So stretching to other similar texture foods could prove beneficial... And informative... But IF he isn't successful, it is for a valid reason...

Quoting Dolcepsle: If he has genuine tactile issues versus being a pain in the butt to annoy mom then trying foods with similar textures might make him gag or vomit. My friends son vomited any time he ate something creamy. It didn't matter what it was, the texture was overwhelming. My daughter doesn't have food issues but she has clothing issues. We work with a therapist to desensitize her. I hope it works, I am sick of seeing baby butt crack because anything near her belly button makes her uncomfortable/queasy. I'd have called BS on her but she is very good with everything else so I knew it genuinely bothered her.

Quoting SamMom912: Im just curious... But dont you think there are lots of food with similar textures that she could increase his options on her own...
I think many kids stretch more for mom then strangers... But I know all kids are different...

Quoting Dolcepsle: If it's truly a texture issue then he'd likely benefit from a therapist.
darbyakeep45
by Darby on Dec. 29, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Welcome and hugs mama!!!! These ladies have some good advice.  Is your son in feeding therapy or occupational therapy?

tracy0812
by Member on Dec. 29, 2014 at 7:42 AM

I'm right there with you! My son is 12 and only eats 3 foods. Graham Crackers, Totino's frozen pizza, and Velveeta shells and cheese. I can't find an OT in our area who does feeding therapy. It's frustrating. 

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