I have a two year old still on baby food due to a sensory, texture issue of the mouth, I was just wondering if any of you have had to go through this and if you have any suggestions please let me know.

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Sunnie - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Chanel:



My 19 month old daughter was diagnosed with sensory & textures of the mouth as well.  This news came when she was about 7 months old.  This was very upsetting news to me.  Luckly I qualified for a state funded program.  I was able to have 1 on 1 meetings with an Occupational Therapist.  She helped devise a plan for my daughter to introduce textured baby food.  My daughter was not happy with this and did protest - but over time she did realize that all the food she was eating had the same texture and did eventually grow out of it.  I was also provided a very clever tooth-like brush that is hard plastic and where the brissels would be is a nub of plastic ridges.  I was instructed to have her chew on this before mealtime.  Over time this eventually desensitized her and mealtime became easier.  Hang in there and good luck!  

Tasha - posted on 01/13/2009

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keep offering new foods, it takes multiple times for a child to taste/eat the food sometimes. Have you tried pureing the same food as he is eating for the baby food or putting a very small amount of something else in and slowly increasing the amount???



If he was part of the cooking process would he be more likely to try a food? I know that it is a texture thing, but sometimes kids are more daring when they are part of cooking.



I hope this helps. Good luck

Melissa - posted on 01/08/2009

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this is something that the little one will grow out of, to an extent. I personally have a problem with textures. There are only a few foods that I'm not able to eat due to their texture. You have to very slowly introduce new foods. I'll have to ask my mom what she exactly did with me to get me to eat more variety. 

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Chanel - posted on 01/20/2009

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Tasha, We have done all you have suggested throughout the years and he still does not eat the foods. I have put cereal in his food to give it some texture and he tastes that and then gags and spits it out.  Even just the littlest amount also. Thank you so much.



Sunnie, we are going through the same program as you.  we have also gotten the brush and he loves chewing on it.  His therapist said that she does not see him growing out of this in a short period of time.  We just have to keep him on the baby food and just keep giving him the foods he likes.  Hopefully he will see that the food we are eating is good.  Thank you so much for you story and suggestions.

Chanel - posted on 01/13/2009

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Thank you, we have tried introducing new foods to him but he just turnshis head and says no.  I have also pureed food and put it in his baby food and he can taste the difference.  He will then start to gag really bad.

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