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Dec 31, 2001
Eliah won't let much at all in his mouth and I am trying to be creative to find ways to get him to eat something that is somewhat healthy for him. He will put a sucker in his mouth for a minute or two, so I thought if there was something that I could make that would taste good to him and have something other than sugar as a main ingredient that would be good. Has anyone else had success with "healthy" foods that their food refusers will accept. I "know" that anything in his mouth is good, but I can't help but worry that I am setting him up for very bad eating habits in the future. Chelle
Dec 31, 2001
Hi, Chelle. As you know, I have quite a bit of experience with food refusers - from partial to complete. Have you ever tried strong-tasting foods? I know it sounds strange, but there's a theory by some that strong-tasting foods appeal to these kids, and I can vouch for that. For instance, Shannon, our now-total food refuser who ate by mouth prior to her g-tube, definitely had a preference for salty/savory over sweet - even now, our VERY limited success (literally, a tsp. to tbsp. of "solids" every 2-3 months or so)with PO intake has been with the yolk part of a deviled egg and Braunschweiger (yuck!). These certainly won't make your "healthy" foods list, however. With three partial to total food refusers to deal with, we have given up on the healthy part - not to mention, we need to go for calories - we can't afford to worry about whether or not they are developing aversions to vegetables, etc. Any food that goes down and stays down is good food! Susan Mom to Bryan, Bonnie and Shannon, born 8/6/98 at 28 weeks
Dec 31, 2001
Hi As a mother of a food refuser and a speech pathologist with experience in feeding disorders I would suggest that you make any oral experiences for your son pleasurable ones. I know your concerned about instilling healthy habits but the habit you need to establish right now is that food is a good, pleasurable thing. Offer him different things he may surprise you and enjoy something that you consider "healthy". ALso you may be surprised in realizing some things you do not consider "healthy" are not so bad nutritionally. Like ice cream it has calcium and vitamin D. When I thought of food in that way I wasn't as concerned that my daughter was not eating "healthy" foods. Good Luck ! PAM
Dec 31, 2001
food refusal
When my son was younger and essentially completely refused food. I would allow him to eat whatever he would eat. He is older now and has terrible eating habits. He is still partially G-tube fed though this is due to other surgeries he's had over the past year. He simply can't take enough in to gain. He hates vegetables and I'm sure that is dirrectly related to the fact that I let him have whatever he would eat when he was younger but that is the price I've had to pay. I agree with the mom who said that you have to make it pleasant and high calorie as well as the mom who suggested strongly flavored foods. One of my son's favorites is Tandoori chicken! Patti
Jan 02, 2002
Susan Gunther
Food Refusal response
Hi Chelle. Its Susan Gunther. Being that Andrew is a very poor eater due to the reflux and toddlerhood, I have been told by the GI to let Andrew eat whatever he wants just so he doesn't lose weight even if it upsets his reflux. Obviously, he is developing very bad eating habits on top of all the problems, but at least he is eating somewhat. One thing he seems to like and is harmless is a Chewable Vitamin C pill. The taste is very strong and it is good for him as well. Maybe crush and sprinkle some of a chewable Vitamin C on his food might make him eat better. If Andrew doesn't like a food put in front of him he will gag and disperse of it all on the floor. I have also found that if I let Andrew decide where he wants to eat (instead of insisting the dining room table) for a meal, he eats better as well. I was making it a constant rule to stay at the table that he kept refusing to eat even more so than before. (This came from 3 therapists of his who suggested this idea recently) I have even tried dried cereal just so he eats something for dinner at times. I have also started to get out of giving "traditional meals for dinner as well". If Andrew wants a scrambled egg or cheese sandwich, that is what he'll eat. I hope some of the ideas help you and Good Luck in finding ways to feed a food refuser! - Susan Gunther, son Andrew: Silent Refluxer age 2 1/2 years old.
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