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27 months old with a Food Aversion
Nolansmom5 posted:
My 27 month old son Nolan has a food aversion. He has never eaten any table foods, crackers,nothing. He only eats stage 2 Apples and Ham and stage 2 peach cobbler. Lately he doesnt even want these foods. He drinks vitamin D milk and V8 Splash out of a sippy cup or a cup without a lid. He was off the bottle at 12 months and never took a pacifier. He was offered foods at a young age as recommended. We continue to put what we are eating on his plate, he will ignore it or play with it. Sometimes he will feed my husband or I. He is fine with touching the foods. Lately he has taken a bite of something and put it in his mouth but then takes it back out. He knows the names of all of the foods. He plays with play dough, finger paints, sand, textures do not seem to bother him other then in his mouth. He is in the 70th percentile for his height and weight and has developed normally in every other way. We have been to OT at two different facilities but it does not help. Next recommendation is an intensive feeding program. There are 3 of these programs in the US and there happens to be one in my state. The program is 6-8wks long, 5 days a week, 4 times a day. We will meet with many specialist. Does anyone have any thoughts on this food aversion? Anyone have a child like this or heard of one? Thanks for your Reply!
amrebeka22 responded:
My son is 26 months old and is a very picky eater. We does eat some table food but it has been a real struggle. I don't have any good suggestions, but just wanted you to know you are not the only one. Good Luck and let us know what you decide :)
cinnabar66133 responded:
Lurking from 3 y/o board...

My DS has a similar problem, although maybe not as bad. He eats only a very limited variety of foods, mostly crackers and cereals. He refuses most meats (he eats chicken nuggets and that's all) and all veggies and fruits.

We had him in Speech Therapy when he was about 2 (basically eating therapy) and it helped only a very little bit. The doctor recommended we have him evaluated again and they recommended OT so we have just started that.

The problem with our son is that he is very low weight... under the 3rd percentile. At 3 1/2 years old, he is only 27 pounds. So that's a big concern with him.

It can be very frustrating when they won't eat. I wish I could give you some advice, but nothing we do helps our son either. I hope that other program can help.
deal14 replied to cinnabar66133's response:
I know where you are coming from, my LO has the same exact issues as Cinnabar actually... I was suprised to see anyone else who's kid has the same issue as mine. We tried to put her in speech therapy but they said she didnt qualify because she speaks fine... so I dont know. She was in the 5th percentile for weight and is up to 40th now so I am happy but still worry about her and wish she would eat the healthier things. All I can say is as long as your LO is eating and is at least at the 50th percentile I wouldnt freak out too much, do the program and see how it goes but as my pedi said as long as she is eating and growing thats all we can hope for. Hope the program helps you!
Endo dx'd 2006, 4 laps.
Nolansmom5 replied to deal14's response:
Thank you for the support! Today is day 14 of nothing but milk with enfagrow in it and very little v8 splash. He goes to the dr tomorrow for a weight check and possibly lab work. The dr is also going to call the feeding program and try to speed things up, as of now they are so busy we wouldnt start until after the first of the year........

Speech should see you anyways, it is not only for speech. Swallow evals are done by speech and they also work with feeding disorders. Most of the time though your pediatrician will recommend OT vs ST unless she thinks your childs lack of eating is d/t a swallowing issue. Best of luck to all of you!
linzuh04 replied to Nolansmom5's response:
What about trying the foods that come in the pouches he can drink? Lemme see if I can find a link.... it's like baby food in a pouch. I'm in the netherlands, but I always buy those pouches for my kids when I'm in the US too, because they aer easy to throw them in my purse.

Maybe if he's about to drink them, he'll have a taste for more things, and you can go from there?
ME (20s) DH (pushing 30) DD(2006) DS (2008)
amrebeka22 responded:
Just checking in to see how everything is going. I saw on The Today Show today that they were running a story about a toddler with a very similar situation to yours. I did not get a chance to watch it, but it may be something you want to check out :)
Amanda (30), my wonderful husband is Mike, my awesome son is Max (Sept 08) and my adorable daughter is Macy (Jan 10)

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