21 month old shows signs of Oral Sensitivities
(Holland, MI, US)
Can a child be hyper and hypo sensitive when it comes to Oral Sensitivities? My son shows signs of both. The most alarming thing is he pockets or stuffs food into his cheek and only on one side, his left. He does not like us to remove the food for him. Sometimes it will be there for hours if unnoticed. If we try to remove the food, he bites us. If we pinch his cheeks, we hurt him. My husband and I thought he was doing it because he had trouble chewing certain types of food, but now he does it all the time. It's like he doesn't know it's there. Why won't he take it out himself if he doesn't want the food?
I sometimes use a tooth brush to get the food out. He also fights to have his teeth brushed. My parents think he's fine, but I know somethings wrong. He eats a wide range of foods and is a good eater I think, so I guess my major concern is I don't know what to do. I'm afraid he's going to choke or that it's bad for his teeth to have food in his mouth for too long. A speech therapist was what our pediatrician suggested and it looks like we can receive services through a free program where they can come to our house. I'm just worried that this is connected to other disorders or even autism. Anyone going through this who could give us tips would sure be appreciated.