Dose any one have trouble with their preemie and eating??

April - posted on 03/15/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son was born at 24 weeks weighing 1lb 11oz. Considering he was born so early and the problems he had and still has some, he is doing really good. He is now 19 months old. Our biggest problem is his eating. He will eat chips, crackers, and Gerber graduate puffs. Thats about it. His main food sorce is his bottle. They have him on whole milk and pedi sure. It is so hard to get him to eat. He fights it and will gag his self until he throws up if he dont like it. He seems to like more crunchy stuff then soft stuff. We was told recently that he has a Sensory Processing Disorder and that a big part of the problem. Has anyone ever had this problem??? I would love any advice I can get. Thanks...:)

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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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Michelle - posted on 04/09/2012

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We actually working on this issue. Thankfully, our son is an eater, but he keeps gagging and pocketing his food. The best advise we received was to allow our son to have a spoon. We started by giving him a spoon and mom had a spoon as he ate. He was allowed to play with his food and make a mess. We were able to move to give him the freedom to feed himself breakfast. He gets the regular cheerios/puffs and thick oatmeal. He still gags a little, but we keep trying new things. We also found that allowing him to have larger items helped. It sounds odd, but he doesn't choke on the larger pieces. When they become too small, I just remove them from his tray.

Jan - posted on 03/27/2012

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WOW! That is exactly my son also. He will eat a cracker and those puffs but anything else is a fight. The Neosure 28K and thickened because he aspirates while feeding was his main source of nutrition also. Even at that he has never drank an 8oz bottle or even made it past 6 oz and then he would only drink 1-2 oz at at time. He doesnt care for baby food or table food but I can get him to eat a few spoonful of whatever before he does the gagging, vomitting, spitting it out routine. He is on toddler formula Elacare..prescription needed and not cheap. with 16oz of pediasure daily. He has yet to take in more than 2-3 oz of either. Feeding him is a full time job. He has speech therapy and OT due to the sensory dsyfunction. He is also dx FTT and Oral dsygraphic. He seems to take in more when he eats with us and we turn the lights to a dim and play soft music...thats what they told us to try in therapy. it helps but he still is not intaking enough. Try that and see if it helps

Helen - posted on 03/23/2012

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there is many different strategies but i would get help for these - make sure its not you stressing too much a meal times first, sometimes we can be stressed if they dont eat and this is a vicious circle, then just to get them to eat something we allow them to dictate their diet - try some relaxation tecniques and try not to show you are monitoring him too much - with sensory processing disorder they need help and encouragement to try new foods - allowing them to even put it in their mouth and spit it out - the important thing is they try- let him feed you different foods, let him play with the food. Also he shouldnt have the bottle too near dinner time - some preemies have smaller capacity (my daughter certainly did) and she could eat or have the bottle but not both. Make dinner time not about what he eats but a happy talk time with more family chat not mentioning what he is eating or how much. With sensory processing there will be 'normal' foods they cant eat due to their texture (even if they like the taste) my daughter cant eat mushrooms or eggs both make her gag. I would start with different foods with the same texture of the foods he likes. Hope this helps.

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