6 year old has never eaten right

by Sherri
(MI)

I have a six year old diagnosed with SPD. He was in therapy when he was two, but my insurance refused to pay. He only eats peanut butter and crackers, cheez its, chips, chicken nuggets and garnola bars. If one more person tells me not to feed him hell eat when hes hungry, I am going to scream. He weighs 85 lbs and I am at my whits end on what to do about it. Any ideas?? I was working through "just take a bite", but he throws a fit throws up and throws the plate.

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Jul 19, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I clicked on your comment because the crackers and peanut butter" comment caught my eye. That is one of the few things that my son will eat as well. He only likes crunchy things. He definitely needs occupational therapy to help him with this. At 6 he can be helped quite a bit. My suggestion would be to find a therapy place that takes your insurance and call them to ask the business office the best way to go about getting your insurance to pay for this. It may take a letter from your doctor, an evaluation from a dietician, or something like that. But they know the ins and outs, so pick their brain. And if you still get turned down, appeal the decision. I have military insurance and it's only marginally better than medicare, and I am getting my son's therapy covered. Don't give up and know that you as his mother know your son the best. Good luck!~

Feb 10, 2010
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have you tried smoothies?
by: Anonymous

Have you tried smoothies? My child eats only about 5 different things, but I can throw a lot of goodies into a blender with protein powder, yogurt and sometimes ice cream, and he gets a bit of extra nutrition that way. You can be pretty creative and there are some good recipes in books. Good luck!

Feb 09, 2010
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6 year old has never eaten right
by: Anonymous

You may be able to get the insurance to pay for it if you can prove his eating habits are causing a health problem. My child is also a very picky eater, he wasn't gaining weight and his blood counts were low at his last physical because of his eating difficulties. At 6 years old he weighed 38lbs. Even after therapy he is still very picky but started eating enough food for a bit more variety and enough to make at least 3 different dinners, 3 breakfasts (lunch is still a bit of a struggle) If you can get your doctor to write a letter saying that his picky eating is causing some kind of health problem you may have better luck getting the insurance to cover it.

Feb 09, 2010
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by: Anonymous

If your child is in school, request the school therapist to assist you. She/he should be able to assist with increasing his oral intake and variety of foods. I would also look for a dietitian who works with children such as your child. They should be able to guide you in designing a decent diet while you are working on improving the variety of healthy foods.

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