Amy - posted on 11/16/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )
Hi my name is Amy Hoffmann and I have a 2 year old son, Braedon who has had eating problems since birth. When my son turned 2 in June he was diagnosed with FTT and it scared me to death (he just doesn't like to eat and is really small, below the 3rd percentile.) I did some research and found an AWESOME
feeding clinic here in Denver called Toomey and Assoc. Dr. Kay Toomey is a pioneer in the feeding disorder community. Braedon was evaluated by Dr. Toomey and her staff and they concluded that in
addition to having really bad reflux, he has developed a fear of putting food in the back of his mouth ( leading to poor chewing) and some mild sensory issues (he doesn't like the feel of cold or slimy foods.) Well, Braedon has been working with Dr. Toomey in group therapy feeding sessions for about 12 weeks now and we have seen some amazing improvements! Braedon has gained over a pound a month going from 18lbs 2oz to 22lbs 6 oz at his last weigh in. He is now experimenting with
different foods such as hotdogs and puddings and has improved his bite and chew.
Now, don't get me wrong things are not perfect. I still fight with him at least once a day to eat and struggle to meet his caloric recommendation at times. However, I am now starting to feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that things can and do get better.
I would love to talk with other moms who struggle getting their children to eat and bounce off ideas off of each other. I would also love to find and give support to others who are dealing with growth and eating problems!