My 5 year old eats only puréed food

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Maria - posted on 04/12/2015

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Thank you Rebekah
Great to know of another child who has similar problems and now eating almost anything. That would b a miracle! Although at the clinic the doc says she will eat, there is no reason why she shouldn't. She has been attending docs from she was 2 and there is no diagnosis but she is v sensory sensitive which is slowly getting better. Iv been told we all feel things differently and she's just feels things at a deeper level. The eating thing is the worst cause to eat we have to like look, smell and how it feels in our mouth and her diet is so limited and still puréed as she'd freak if she got a lump. For anyone else out there with a child like this I found annabel karmel recipes a god send as I cooked her different dinners with different colours and she loved them and was getting all her vitamins so I didn't have to worry for a while. Now 2 years later she seems to b going off them. Maybe she's gona move on and change direction but I'm lost as to what small step to take now and how to keep her eating and for the dinner word not to b a battle. She loves milk, yogurts, innocent smoothies and is eating enough but just not in right way and so hard to get her on to a new food. She eats some small jelly sweets and does bite them but doesn't break them down, just swallows them. And yes I'm getting her involved with cooking in kitchen and messy play with food without the threat to have to eat. I have to really make an effort to do things like that couple times a week. She finds messy things hard to work with and hard to touch. I'm excited by the clinic. She's has just one appointment but I know it's not going to b easy. Iv tried starving her, that was so hard and didn't work. Il keep posting with updates about her and would value any help or advice. Thanks again.

Rebekah - posted on 04/11/2015

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Is there an occupational therapist at the eating clinic who is working with her? It sounds similar to a relative of mine who has sensory processing disorder... when he was that age, he was also still mostly eating baby food out of jars because he was ultra sensitive to different textures in his mouth (he made great progress, by the way, and now eats just about everything). I don't know if that's the case with your daughter, but hopefully she is working with the right people to help her progress. Every kid is different, so I don't know what appeals to or is difficult for your daughter... maybe try different yogurt smoothies with a combo of fruits and vegetables in them? Is she ever interested in helping with cooking in the kitchen? Sometimes that's another way of catching their interest.

Maria - posted on 04/11/2015

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She is attending an eating clinic in an attempt to move her on to biting chewing. Iv made annabel karmel recipes for her and they worked a treat, for a while. They are so tasty but now I think she's sick of them mostly made with sweet potato and orange. Any interesting ideas for dinners even if they are puréed to keep her interested in eating and to keep her healthy. The dinner word every day is like a bad word to her and a battle.

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