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Sep 12, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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Another new "food" for Elyse (and some feeding advice)
Well, I always post about the strange things Elyse will eat/drink while refusing perfectly good food. This morning i was on the phone for ONE MINUTE and in that time she got past the barrier to the cat area, got a bag of cat treats, opened it, and was eating them like they were cheerios!

Add this to the list of: dried leaves, sand covered in bird poo, bathwater, chalk, all things that I have not been able to get to her in time before she got a bite down the gullet.

What strange things have your kids eaten?

We have noticed lately that Elyse will sometimes refuse the food on her plate, which is what we are eating or similar but reflux approved (i.e. plain ground turkey instead of with taco seasoning added), but will eat it off our plates. I know this is a bad habit to get into, but if she eats I don't care! The other day she ate my taco meat, which has not only seasoning but SALSA and she seemed fine

And the advice. Elyse is a very inconsistent eater. She eats a big variety now, or at least tastes it, just not a big quantity. She will love something, and then the next day act like it is barf-worthy or completely ignore it. So something I have tried, and sometimes it works, is serving the same food in a different way. For example, one day she gets some banana slices, the next time small chunks, and the next time I give her half the banana not in pieces. I have also tried cutting things into french fry shapes. Also if you haven't tried with your LOs yet, Elyse likes to have a fork and spoon because she is terribly independent, and we find she is more likely to eat if she can do it how mommy and daddy do it.

Now if anyone has tips for me on getting Elyse to drink formula or milk out of a sippy, 'fess up! As you know, she barely drinks formula out of a bottle but is having trouble transitioning to a cup except for water or juice.

Sep 12, 2008
engin117
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Meggy tried to eat a pebble one day after going 16 hours refusing to eat anything. It was teeny thankfully and smooth. She also has eaten a mouth of dirt, flower petal, abby (dog) food, anything on the floor is fair game. She picks one single food she likes and will eat that and only that a couple times a day for weeks at a time, then she doesn't want anything to do with it again. First was bananas, then fruit roll ups (no corn, soy, or dairy, -unfortunately had dies), now we are on crackers.
Sep 12, 2008
raynasmommy
Chris: Mom to Rayna Marie our little miracle born June 13, 2007. 7lbs 12oz. Diagnosed with GERD after ph probe at 5 weeks. Current weight 21lbs 8 oz. Prevacid 8ml in a.m. 2% milk
Rayna drinks her bath water also, she'll drink out of her bath toys, suck on a wash cloth or just put her face on the water, so if you figure a way to get Elyse to stop please let me know. Rayna also got into the bag of onions at great grammy's house one day and bit into an onion that still had the skin on it. As far as drinking her formula out of a sippy, we started with the take n' toss sippies because all she had to do was tip it up and formula came out, makes a mess if it's dropped but it worked well. Maybe since her formula is probably thicker than water or juice she may have to suck harder from a sippy. I would pretend that I was drinking it then she of course wanted it so she'd take a drink & then want mommy to take a drink so she'd shove back into my face!
Sep 12, 2008
michelle&aurora
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
well, ya know I already told you about Rory being a garbage picker...won't eat food on her tray but will happily stuff her face with omelet from the garbage. It's so funny you mention about offering food in different ways. This is when you know you have a difficult feeder...you get creative!! Oh, and as far as the cup....don't get me started :) Good luck with that one!! hehehe
Sep 12, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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engin, i can't remember, does meggy get any kind of feeding therapy?
Sep 12, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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Take n toss is the cup we use too, makes a huge mess. Just this past week she has started to be able to get a little out of a gerber soft spout sippie. It is a lot harder though, so she drinks a lot less, which makes me not so happy. So I decided when we are at someone else's house she will use the cup with a valve, otherwise still take n toss. She has been unable to get anything out of maybe 6 other kinds of cups. I really think there is something to this, probably why she also had a great latch for nursing but still could not transfer milk. And why she could not hold a pacifier in her mouth until 12 mos of age, when it should have been time to get rid of it.

Michele, I am so baaad when it comes to feeding her. I do everything you aren't supposed to do. sometimes I let her sit in her little chair in the livingroom, sometimes in my lap, sometimes I let her play outside and walk up to ther plate when she wants a bite, sometimes the high chair. I get pieces of her food and put them on my plate and feed her from my plate. i give her junky stuff sometimes like those handi snack breadsticks with plastic cheese dip (LOL) just in case she will eat it.

I mix flavored syrup into formula or milk to try and get her to drink it (so far does not work). Yesterday she wanted my starbucks chai latte so I let her take a couple sips because it had milk in it. Dang, I just remembered that it was nonfat milk. *SIGH* I thought I was getting some good calories in her that way, even though it has caffiene.

Can everyone post their good feeding/drinking tricks here??

Sep 12, 2008
amber f
Nolan really loves the straw sippies from Nuby. He hated the other soft tip ones cause he couldn't tip it up himself. Nolan also loves being indep. So any food that I allow him to eat himself he loves. I like the cutting food to look like french fries. Reminds me of the new BK apple fries. Also you can try to sneak veggies into recipes like adding pureed carrots to pancakes or breads.
Sep 12, 2008
engin117
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Thought Megan was the only one had trouble with Passie. We went through 8 kinds before we found one she could hold in her mouth. I can't remember what it was called other than it was purple and super hard to find when she lost her 1st two.

Meggy tried every type of sippy cup too. The gerber training cups worked well for a while, then we noticed she was struggling to get anything. Now we use the cheap 3 for $1 throw away cups from wm. She still does not have much suck reflex, although a doc will tell u otherwise. She starts out strong and then within 5 min. tires out.

We used the NG tube almost 1 year ago. She lost weight on it and seemed worse. She was totally miserable with it. Seemed she cried every minute of every day while using the NG tube.

We are trying to get Neocate 028splash approved through our insurance. They have rejected 2x already on the basis they only cover formula or meal products if she has PKU.

We were referred to the feeding clinic a year ago. We still have not heard back. When we call we are told there is a waiting list. I have been working with her myself on textures, and taste.

Sep 12, 2008
abbysmom
Andrea: Mom to 3 crazy girls!
Jackie (3/01)
Payton (9/03)
Abby (4/06) Prevacid 7.5mg (evening), MSPI, goats milk (currently trying to wean off Prevacid)
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Abby hasn't really eaten any weird foods. But she does do the same thing with loving one food one day and the next she hates it! And please if you find the key to getting them to drink milk out of a sippy pass it on! We ditched the bottle about 2 months ago and she has probably drank 4 cups in that time. And those were mixed into cereal and oatmeal. She still asks for a bottle sometimes and I have even given in and tried to give her one and she won't drink it. :( She is the most stubborn of all my girls.
Sep 12, 2008
nicholas'smom
I need tricks to get Nathan from bottle to sippy for milk too. He will drink juice from his sippy but refuses to drink the milk from anything other than a bottle. It's a comfort thing I just can't seem to break him of. We've tried toss cups with straw (which he'll drink other things from) but takes one sip of milk in anything other than a bottle and he puts it down and will have a fit if he's really tired.
Sep 12, 2008
michelle&aurora
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
lol, Sharon, that's not bad at all! We do what we must to muster a few extra bites :) Girl, you should see the state of my carpet from desperate attempts to get Rory to eat off the coffee table, my plate, her high chair on the coffee table, on the floor etc. etc....at one point, I was pleased if she was eating cheerios off the floor....for real...now the carpets are just too gross so I don't let her do it. LMAO! Talk about bad! You have to have a really bad eater to understand how desperate a mother can become. I also went through the junk food/convenience food phase and now I think I've found a good balance between healthy and Kid-friendly.

As for tricks, I've coated every fruit in the grocery store in every imaginable cookie, cracker, sugar/cheerio crumb combination imaginable, I've pureed/steamed/sliced/diced/mashed every vegetable in the grocery store with every combination of butter/cheese/cream, I've designed a soup cube that contains every food group in one oz servings, and have stolen frozen CIB treat ideas from Jedd's mommy....there not really tricks though, because most of them never worked on my kid.....until recently! Elyse will get there too!!!

Sep 12, 2008
engin117
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Add chewing the doggie bone to Meggy's list. She refused dinner then got Abby's bone to chew on.
Sep 12, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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Michelle, Elyse eats crud off the floor too. We were at a restaurant tonight and I brought her some mac n cheese, peas, and watermelon. She ate a few bites, dropped some on the floor, and was all done now. Later she was walking around (it was a party, we weren't just letting her walk around disturbing random ppl!) and she crawled under the chair and ate mac n cheese off the floor. I have been experimenting with stuff for her to dip things in because she started eating ketchup sometimes and likes to dip stuff in it.

Engin, a year ago today Elyse was in the hospital. She had her surgery on Sept 5,07 for malrotation. Prior to the surgery, when they could not find out what was wrong with her, they were ready to put her on ng tube and send us home. I was thrilled because I would know she would get a good amount of calories, even though the ng tube SUCKS. but after her surgery they decided that her eating issues were caused by the malrotation so they didn't do it.

Well, her eating did get better but we have struggled. She of course had tpn and ng tube at birth bc she was so early. She had tpn and then ng tube for 36 days in NICU, then was off it for 3 days, then came home. After that she kept losing weight, gaining, losing for several months. Now she is on a slow upward climb. i have no idea how she is gaining with the amount she eats. i tell ppl that if she ever eats like a normal person, she is going to be obese, since she gains on eating just a little.

Sep 12, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
coyle eats grass at every opportunity. and, you all probably remember my post about the fly.. SIGH :( he's not a great eater either. the only tricks i use is making homemade bread with apples, zucchini, & carrots. and mixing purees into homemade mac and meatloaf. other than that he really doesn't eat veggies and fruits well anymore. loves the carbs. hates textures. is picky too...
Sep 13, 2008
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Wow! This all makes me feel so much better about Lorenzo's selections, which include cat food, things he found inedible at meal time but which are evidently delicious when picked up off the floor and stuffed quickly into his mouth while he watches for my reaction, chalk, and anything that grows out of a crack in the sidewalk. To wash it all down with bath water is, evidently, divine...

As for drinking, he would never accept anything that had a nipple (unless it's mine) or a spout, so we have always given him liquids via a regular cup or glass. He does really well drinking on his own, but he is a bit of a mad scientist, so a lot of times stuff end up on the floor, on the table, or in his hair. He also like to "drink" his solids -- putting things like pieces of egg or peas into a glass of water and chugging it on down.

Thanks for all the feeding suggestions, too. We are just beginning to recognize some feeding/weight issues with him, as my breastmilk, which is still his preferred meal, is just not enough to keep his active self going...

Sep 13, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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Hi Lorenzo's mom, I forgot he is still breastfeeding, that is awesome that he drinks from an open cup. Elyse does in the bathtub only because otherwise it ends up all over her :). I am thinking though, it might be a good idea for me to let her practice more OUT of the bathtub while it is still warm outside....that way she can practice outside while she is getting all wet! I think you are one of the ladies who live "near" me....you live on the CA coast, right? I live 45 miles or so from Sac.
Sep 13, 2008
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Yeah, the trick I found with using the open cup in the house is to put just a very small amount in the cup at a time, that way volume of the spills is minimized. I've also found that he likes to pour liquid from one cup to another, so I sometimes let him do that for awhile with water -- to get his yayas out -- and then put some almond milk or smoothie in in for him to drink when he seems done playing. And yes, doing it outside is a great idea, since they're already wet and clean up is no problem! We are a little over an hour south of SF, but I used to live up in the hills near Chico. It's kind of a trip, I was born about three blocks from where we live now, and Lorenzo was born about a mile away, in the birth center that replaced the one I was born in. If not for the almost 20 years, and many moves, between when I left this place and when I returned, I'd be like a small town gal who never went far from home! I know you said you guys come out to the coast sometimes -- let me know if you want to meet up sometime when you're out here!
Check with your
doctor first!