Blind with texture issues?

Shauna - posted on 11/13/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is having some texture issues with his food. He finally has gotten some teeth and we're trying to introduce some solid foods but he gags and makes himself throw up. Does anyone know if these texture issues with his food is attributed to his blindness or could this be a separate thing?

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Amy - posted on 11/16/2010

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It could be a texture issue and it could be just that he is just picky. Do not give up keep trying different foods. I would also mention this to your doctor and see if he/she recommends anything. I have also seen from my school some kids did not like surtain foods but we were alwyas told to take 2 bits and if we truely did not like it we did not have to eat it but we had to take two bites.. He will eat when he gets hungry enough so do not worry about it too much. Not sure what else to tell you. When I was real little I was picky and my family did not force it but kept trying untill I wanted to eat as I got older I did not stop eating so it could be a fass thing. Hope this helps somewhat.

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Heather - posted on 12/01/2011

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Ok, so sometimes blind children have issues with texture, but it's rare, and not liking a particular texture is very different from being tactally deffensive. Tactle deffensiveness is a seperate condition and much more severe then reacting negatively to one or two textures on one or two parts of the body with mild annoyance. Many babies gag or choke or don't take to solid foods right away. In the US the school of thought used to be to introduce solids at 4 months and some doctors suggested even younger than that, but it was upped to 6 months in recent years, and more recently it has been suggested by some attachment parents, breastfeeding advocates and wholistic pediatricians to let the child cue you into their desiring to start solids and not to really actively work on introducing them until 6 to 9 months of age. My son was exclusively breastfed until he was 7.5 to 8 months old. When he turned 6 months I tried solids and he said no way, so I tried again every 3 months and when he was not ready he would choke and gag and have no part of it, and when he was ready, he went to town. Also, mushy jar or processed baby food has not always been the norm. In many other cultures and countries babies go right to naturally soft pieces of adult food and never eat liquified fruit, vegies and meat. My son ate pieces of fresh banana, cooked apples, pineapple, melon, cooked carots, manderan orange sections, very moist small pieces of dark meat chicken, and scrambled egg was a favorite, so perhaps your baby just doesn't like baby food goop, as, unsurprisingly, many babys do not. If it is some mild tactle deffensiveness truly related to blindness, then perhaps trying the non-liquified foods really would help. My son doesn't like this really sticky play dough that is organic, gluton free, nut free, naturally scented and colored and generally awesome, so pushing aside my own green tendencies and getting him some more mainstream, less sticky brand name Play Dough worked like a charm. He was struggling with eating, a while ago, because he didn't like sticky sauce on his fingers, but after I taught him to use a nice soft flannel cloth napkin, and voila, problem solved. These are just a result of a blind child being more cued in to their sense of touch and therefore not being thrilled by some textures. He is not, however, truly tactally deffensive. He gets agrivated if his hands get too sticky for a prolonged period of time, but he does not become afraid, actively distressed, ill, etc from textures he's not thrilled with, and so, very simple changes can solve a problem that is not true tactle deffensiveness. If of course a professional does think that your child has true tactle deffensive disorder, then that will require a lot more work, but I wouldn't be too concerned as of yet.

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