Oral Sensory processing disorder

by Cathy
(PA)

What causes oral sensory processing disorder? Could it be something I failed to do when my son was younger? He is 4 years old and only eats mac & cheese, chef boy r dee spaghetti, soup, baby cereal and baby fruit.


Is this something that children are born with, or something that happens because the parent didn't work hard enough to get him interested in eating different foods.

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Apr 27, 2016
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gastroparesis
by: Linda

My 4 year old granddaughter basically lives on pediasure. Her sensory processing is so bad that she gags when she watches others eat. There are a few crunchy snacks that she eats but mostly it's just the pediasure 4-5 times a day. She has also been diagnosed with gastroparesis which is a stomach emptying problem. This frequently goes along with oral sensitivities and may be something that a few of you might need to look into. It is diagnosed by a simple test where the child drinks something (in her case pediasure) with a small amt of radioactive dye in it. Then they are secured to table for an hour while being scanned to see how quickly it leaves the stomach. They can watch videos,etc while it is done and is generally tolerated fairly well.

Nov 28, 2014
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Nutritional defect
by: Anonymous

my son was breast feed until he was over two..

Sep 25, 2012
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Hi There
by: Anonymous

My daugter is 4 years old, and will only eat liquids not solids of any kind. I make her protein shakes, fruit shakes, or oatmeal shakes but I have to drain any texture. She will only drink. We finally figure out what was going on with her, after a long long journey. She is receving therapy by a lovely O.T., and we are seeing some improvements. Thank GOD..

Mar 16, 2012
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At their pace
by: Anonymous

Our son who is now 12years old has been eating the same 8 foods since he was two. He was diagnosed with high functioning autism at a very young age. We have paid big money to nutritionists and behavior specialists and ultimately it comes down to...... They will try what they want when they are ready. I am still researching trying to find a way to introduce more healthy type foods in his diet. Hangnthere moms and dads!

Feb 25, 2011
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our story
by: Anonymous

My son eats chicken nuggets, pancakes (only swimming in syrup), peanut butter rice bars (only the ones with chocolate), cocoa bumpers cereal, peanut butter on bread, occasionally cream of wheat, occasionally chips, occasionally french fries, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and milk and water. Just recently have added chocolate milk and chocolate ice cream (a breakthrough!!). Because he loves chocolate cake, what I do is bake him a chocolate cake about every other week and add a can of black beans to it, add baby food pureed sweet potatoes to it, add applesauce to it, and add either flaxseed or salba to it. When I make him pancakes, I add pinto beans, vanilla flavor, flaxseed or salba, applesauce, and either babyfood pureed carrots or sweet potatoes. It makes me feel a little better about trying to get veggies & fruits in him.

I also found a flavorless vitamin to put in his milk (getting him to eat a Flintstones vitamin was never going to happen!). It's such a strange thing.... you'd think since he likes the cocoa bumpers (they're like cocoa puffs) and he likes peanut butter, that he'd like peanut butter crunch -- but no. Will touch it to his tongue, but that's it.

Nov 10, 2010
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Picky eater
by: Jim

Our grandson is 21 months old and he is a very picky eater. We want him to eat healthy, but getting that healthy food (not junk food) in him is a battle. The best time of the day to get him to eat something is in the morning. We give him a scrambled egg and he will eat half of it and thats it for the rest of the day. Everything else is in liquid form. Milk, juice, V8 splash and thats it. Oh, he will eat McDonalds fries. Has anyone tried grinding the food up? Does it help?

Nov 08, 2009
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Food at school
by: Anonymous

food at home is not that hard to get him to eat any more, it's getting him to eat at school. I had always thought that he was just too busy playing to eat his lunch but it turns out that he cant eat as he smalls the kids. Some races he find a little stronger than others. Even when they eat outside if the children get too close then its all over for him. He has tried hiding from them but there is not too many places for him to go. I have asked if he would like to eat in the lounge with the teachers but he said that would be too embarrassing for him. Poor kid. He is Cognitively Gifted and has massive behavioral probs and i think starving at school is not helping.

Nov 07, 2009
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picky eaters
by: Anonymous

these comments have helped me so much. my son is a very picky eater. only by asking why do you not like the foods, and him now being old enough to have the words to explain that it is the texture of the food that i am starting to under how to help him. another trick i have learned when introducing a new food i put one small bite on a plate nothing else. i am guessing it seems so small on that big plate that he can handle trying it? just a tip that might help others.

Sep 15, 2009
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my son too
by: coolade

has just been Diagnosed been cognitively gifted with learning disabilities as well as SPD. He is 8 and i thank God that i breast feed him until he was 28 mths because he was so fussy. I have found that. He has just started cooking up his own vegetables, where he will eat then, but in the past he would not. Just encourage them to taste the ones he can and don?t worry. My son would eat things raw, not cooked. Much better for him any way. A small amount of raw is better than a large amount of cooked any way. In a world where we over feed our children it can look like we are starving ours i think.

May 24, 2009
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it happens
by: mo2g

First of all, it's not your fault. He's not being picky or spoiled or bratty. That may be how it looks to people who don't know any better, but don't worry about them-- you have enough to worry about. If your child is eating some kind of protein, calcium, vitamin C, etc., then he will survive. I am just beginning to see how pervasive this disorder is in families. For years my little sister lived on apple juice and powdered donuts. You can always give him a Flintstone to make up for something he may be missing.

My own 6yo is incredibly picky. She won't touch PB w/ a 10 foot pole, but she will eat turkey and jelly sandwiches (her invention.) She will eat "blue box" mac-n-cheese, but only if it "has enough cheese." She will eat McD's nuggets, fries and cheeseburgers, but no burgers I cook. She eats mostly pop-tarts, cinnamon toast crunch, and teddy grahams. For my own physical safety, we don't run out of chocolate milk which has to be the store brand. Recently, I got her eating Tyson's chicken tenders and that has become our "go to" food. She loves spaghetti w/ plain Ragu, but will not eat shaped pasta. Soup is the most offensive food on the planet--next to PB, I guess.

If your kid will eat something healthy in a day, be glad and give yourself a break. What else can you do?

May 23, 2009
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my son also
by: busymommy

That last comment made me cry. My husband thinks I have spoiled our child into eating only what the child demands. My son has issues eating a variety of foods. He loves pasta, CHOCOLATE MILK (obsessed with it), peanut butter sandwiches and any sweet dessert. It feels comforting to know we are not the only ones.

Feb 20, 2009
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My son too!
by: Anonymous

My son only eats PB sandwiches, crackers, dry cereal (only certain kinds), toast, and other like things. If your child is a resistant eater is is likely nothing you did, they are overly sensitive to certain sights, smells and textures of food. Ask you parents what you ate like at that age.

I would like to know how to get over this, and get him to try simple things like apples, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, hot dogs, and other common kid foods.

Dec 30, 2008
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Not your fault
by: Anonymous

My son is the same. He mostly eats chicken nuggets, fish sticks, pasta, breakfast food. It's a part of SPD and not your fault!

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