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Sep 16, 2009
marcyk.momoftwo
Aversion??
My daughter is 7 months. She has severe reflux and has been on maximum dose of Nexium and Carafate for almost 3 months. After her hospitalization and receiving Pepcid, she seemed interested in eating solids finally. She ate 1/2 jar while in the hospital. Prior to that she would clamp her mouth down at the site of a spoon or any baby food. She has since reverted back to not taking the spoon. But after trying to give it to her thru a syringe, she took it without any problems. Could this mean that she has an aversion to being fed via the spoon. I am fearful to continue with the syringe for feedings if that will start another aversion since I provide all of her medications throughout the day via syringe.
Sep 16, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
My 2 Cents... I would not give it to her through a syringe. She is only 7 months old so baby food at this point is just icing on the cake. The formula is where she is getting all of nutrients. Look at the label sometime. There are very few calories in it. You have lots of time to work into baby food. Slow and steady. The one thing that have always been told is "respect the no to solids". This is important as you dont want her to equate solids to stress, anxiety and pain and end up with an aversion to the solids. Offer it to her in a fun and exciting manner. Clap for her, cheer her on, be a dork, but if she refuses, put it away and try again later. I would also give her a short handled rubber spoon to play with and bite on through out the day.
Sep 16, 2009
marcyk.momoftwo
Thanks. It was a suggestion given by one of her therapists to see if she just disliked the taste of food, or if it was an aversion to the spoon. She loved it from the syringe. I will take the suggestion to give her the spoon to play with during the day. We are just now getting her back where she will nurse decently without arching her back and/or screaming the entire time. We are battling double ear infections right now, so she isn't wanting to eat regardless of how I attempt. My son had severe reflux as well, but he ate fairly well with solids during his flair ups. It worked that I could at least get a few calories in him that way when he wouldn't nurse or take a bottle. With the reflux, ear infections and her being so overly tired from screaming all day and night that it is hard to even guess what time is good to introduce foods... she is happy one moment and screaming the next. Last week I was able to get her to take a few bites by being completely dorky and making lots of weird noises and faces. My son even assisted by mocking me and getting her to laugh. Thanks for your suggestion.
Sep 16, 2009
jeddsmommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
Yes, I would say she has an aversion to the spoon at this point. And we used the syringe with Jedd as well.

I would give her a "naked" spoon to play with. This will reinforce that the spoon will NOT hurt her at all. You can even do "naked" spoon feeds to get her used to the spoon going into her mouth and clamping her mouth shut on it.

After that goes well for a bit, you can add the tiniest, tiniest amount of food on the very tip of the spoon and feed that and see how it goes. Make sure to let her know that it's not a naked spoon it has a little bit of food on it. You don't want to surprise her with food on it after she's used to naked spoons.

FYI eating with an ear infection is really painful. It may get better once it's cleared. How many has she had and do you think tubes would be a good idea since winter is coming and ear infections can rise during winter.

Also, is she drinking her formula just fine or is that a battle as well????

Sep 16, 2009
marcyk.momoftwo
She is breastfed, I do both nursing and I pump to bottle feed to see if she will take either. We have some good weeks, and then bad ones. This is her first ear infection... just happens to be really severe in both ears. She had a cold for four weeks, and then after her hospital stay it came back, along with the ear infections. We are on our second round of antibiotics along with the numbing drops. I am hoping it clears up soon, as I don't want her feeding issues to get more complicated. I want to try to get all the calories in her that I can, but I really don't want to create any additional problems either. She loves taking her medicines and does it really well, awake or asleep.
Check with your
doctor first!