Help! Food choices are shrinking!

Liz - posted on 04/05/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi! I am new here & was wondering what you all have done to get your sensory child to successfully try new foods. Right now my 4 yr old likes chicken nuggets/chicken fries, french fries, PB & J, cheese pizza and the occasional cheese quesadilla. He used to love Mac n Cheese but he is just sick of it! I have made many attemtps to get him to try new foods (the things we are eating) and he just studies it, gags & says "No thanks! I'm good!". A couple weeks back we were successful at getting him to try a hot dog --- it was on HIS terms though. He tolerated about 1/2 of it then pushed the rest to the side. Does anyone have any suggestions???? I am at wits end because when he starts school next year he will not have many choices for lunch.

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Rebecca - posted on 06/17/2011

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Similar problem with my son! Except .we also have lactose intolerance to deal with! After consulting with my pediatrician, he is on vitamin supplements. I also make him Carnation instant breakfast, with water, to ensure his nutritional needs are being met. Once a week we "try" a bunch of new things. He mainly licks them and puts them back on the plate. He would rather not eat than eat anything other than his comfortable foods. I also have an organic greens powder that I add a little of to some of his foods. Its not the optimum, but he is growing and healthy!
He also will not eat at school. I make sure he has healthy snacks (dried fruit and fruit leather) in his school bag. I also make sure he eats something before he goes to school. And snacks when he comes back. I have discussed the possibility of him eating in a location separate from the rest of the kids with the school, but so far they are not receptive. I plan to keep asking though!

Jen - posted on 04/07/2011

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oh and by the way, I was worried about school lunch too, but he won't even eat the things I packed that he likes at school because the cafetiera "smells" too bad. So he is just piging out when he gets home everyday.

Jen - posted on 04/07/2011

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Same boat here, I have not been sucessfull but I have found my guy will only eat if the food has cooled to room temp. We need to let meat sit on the plate for 20min. or so and then he will eat it. The only cold foods he eats are dairy things...yogurt, cheese and milk in cereal. Everything else is room temp. or pre-packaged snacks. He also goes by what it looks like and then if actually does try it he will gag on it. Or, on the total oppisite end, he sometimes will try something and say "ummm" as he chews it and then when I say here's more, he says "no I don't like it".

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