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Ruby


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 6:46 pm
What do I do with my 2yo who refuses to eat?
I'm a speech therapist, and I took him to a speech therapist, and he just wont eat! I tried EVERYTHING. He'll like something one day, and hate it the next. I never know what he'll eat. It's getting impossible!
Any help?
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ectomorph




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 6:49 pm
Have you done basic blood work to rule out anemia, which can cause disinterest in eating?
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ectomorph




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 6:50 pm
Also you need a feeding specialist, not a regular speech therapist... I assume you know this but just in case... A feeding specialist specialises in this and can offer you better suggestions.
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amother




Ruby


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 6:53 pm
ectomorph wrote:
Also you need a feeding specialist, not a regular speech therapist... I assume you know this but just in case... A feeding specialist specialises in this and can offer you better suggestions.


Thanks I didnt think about doing bloodwork.
Yes. I took him to a feeding specialist after what I was doing wasnt working
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amother




Ruby


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 6:54 pm
Also let me add that when I finally find the food he likes, he gobbles it up like he's starving
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amother




Cerulean


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 6:55 pm
amother wrote:
Thanks I didnt think about doing bloodwork.
Yes. I took him to a feeding specialist after what I was doing wasnt working


What did the specialist try that didn't work? How long has this been going on? Any other medical concerns/ history, or allergies?
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amother




Teal


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 7:35 pm
amother wrote:
Also let me add that when I finally find the food he likes, he gobbles it up like he's starving


Does he eat all different types of textures or only certain ones? It sounds more like cravings (which vary from day to day) which could be related to either some type of vitamin or mineral deficiency, or bacterial or yeast overgrowth. Any other symptoms?

When he gobbles up the food, is he stuffing his cheeks and kind of gulping it down or is he actually chewing and swallowing appropriately?
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ectomorph




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 7:55 pm
amother wrote:
Thanks I didnt think about doing bloodwork.
Yes. I took him to a feeding specialist after what I was doing wasnt working

Let us know how blpod work goes. I recently had great success switching my child from a regular iron supplement to a supplement with other nutrients that help digest iron
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amother




Saddlebrown


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 8:44 pm
Try a BCBA who specializes in feeding.
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amother




Taupe


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 9:04 pm
Thiamine (vit b1) for appetite, zinc for texture issues in mouth. remove gluten and dairy if kid seems to be restricting themselves to that, they are addictive and kid will stick to them exclusively if offered. rule out pain, allergies, reflux. After that, Ellyn Satter and the division of responsibility in feeding.
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amother




Ruby


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 9:06 pm
Thanks for all these great tips! I will make a list and start ASAP.
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Surrendered




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 9:07 pm
Does he have pimples/thrush in the mouth?
I would try protein shake or pediasure, to malke sure he gets good nutrition and is full. (I give that to all kids daily. Some are choosy with food and I give it even just to know they ate well).
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amother




Cerulean


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 9:10 pm
Surrendered wrote:
Does he have pimples/thrush in the mouth?
I would try protein shake or pediasure, to malke sure he gets good nutrition and is full. (I give that to all kids daily. Some are choosy with food and I give it even just to know they ate well).


Just be aware that if you're actively working on improving feeding, something like pediasure can work against you because the child feels full and has less appetite.
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amother




Teal


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 9:15 pm
Surrendered wrote:
Does he have pimples/thrush in the mouth?
I would try protein shake or pediasure, to malke sure he gets good nutrition and is full. (I give that to all kids daily. Some are choosy with food and I give it even just to know they ate well).


You could try a protein shake to get some nutrients in but please don’t use pediasure. Read the ingredients label- it’s terrible. You can do a google image search to see. Second ingredient is sugar. Here are the first few ingredients listed so you can get an idea- water, sugar, corn maltodextrin, milk protein concentrate, high oleic safflower oil, canola oil, soy protein isolate. It also has carrageenan which is highly irritating to the digestive tract.
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Surrendered




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Mar 18 2019, 9:31 pm
I truly appreciate your response regarding pediasure. I give my kids protein shake daily and it's expensive. The kids pediatrician just recommended pediasure and I was considering switching over, as that is paid by insurance. My DS has digestive issues, so I guess I wont switch now. Thanks for sharing this crucial information.
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toysrus




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Mar 19 2019, 12:51 pm
some kids with sensory issues have a problem with different textures of food
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amother




Teal


Post  Tue, Mar 19 2019, 1:50 pm
Surrendered wrote:
I truly appreciate your response regarding pediasure. I give my kids protein shake daily and it's expensive. The kids pediatrician just recommended pediasure and I was considering switching over, as that is paid by insurance. My DS has digestive issues, so I guess I wont switch now. Thanks for sharing this crucial information.


So glad to help!! ❤️❤️
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amother




Ruby


Post  Tue, Mar 19 2019, 1:58 pm
No he doesnt have thrush. He used to eat so well until recently. As a baby, he didnt stop. He was a humongous fatso pudgeball, and he was so cute and mushy. A few months ago, he started slowing down. Just like 2 or 3 weeks ago, he just stopped eating.
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nyc123




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Mar 19 2019, 2:07 pm
Was he on antibiotics at any point over the past few months?
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