Karen - posted on 04/14/2011 ( no moms have responded yet )
Hello, there. For those moms (and I know you're out there) who worry constantly about your child's poor eating habits, take heart. Our son is almost 8 years old, and STILL, I wonder how he survives on the few food items he will eat. He is a tiny little peanut of a boy, with not only extreme adversions to certain foods, but a very slight appetite. He was just recently diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (which is or isn't on the autism spectrum, depending on what you read), and all of a sudden, his strange eating habits began to make sense, as did many other little 'quirks' in what makes him the wonderful him he is. In any case, if your child is extreme in this area, please look up this disorder & see if your child might fit the profile. The problem may lie in something as simple as the texture or temperature of the food which neurologically the child processes as "bad". Fighting and forcing will not work, only exasperate the problem. Centering techniques learned through Sensory Integration Therapy can help before meals, as well. Wishing you all luck and understanding of your little picky eaters.