Carrie, Mom of 22 month girl who will not eat or drink

by Carrie
(Folsom, Ca, U.S.)

My daughter has never willingly ate or drank on her own since she was 8 months old and we stopped breast feeding-loss of milk. I put formula-stage 2 in baby food and feed this to her in front of a DVD - this is the only way to get her to eat. She has been diagnosed with SID and we are working with a therapist, but I need more ideas for getting her to eat.

I am trying to have her mimic me when I put food on my finger and put it on my tongue, but I am worried about this continuing much longer. I have had luck with the straw sipees, she will drink some water out of these. Any ideas or food programs in Northern Ca anyone knows about? Any thoughts on any books to help? Two I have found that help are "Just take a bite", Lori Ernsperger and Tania Stegen-Hanson and "Raising a Sensory Smart Child", Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske.

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Jun 22, 2008
To Carrie
by: Anonymous

Hi Carrie,

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's problems with eating and drinking. I recommend that you talk with the folks at Brainasium -

They have a fabulous treatment program for children with SPD, are located in Granite Bay, CA and work closely with a nutrition counselor.

Best wishes,


Jun 22, 2008
dont give up
by: lisa jackson

My son was the same in the end he had to have a feeding tube but one day he removed it and I thought the longer he's on this the harder to remove it.

So for nearly 18 months I fed little and often until it got to the stage that he was having the bottle until he was nearly 4. Food was also a nightmare as he also had reflux and an enlarged colon.

My advise is not to fret (easier said than done I know) as my dietician said they will not starve.
Let her eat what she likes and introduce one new item at a time and leave it to her to do it.
I found when I backed off, Thomas done it for himself.

Also another good trick is to leave snacks all around the house in bright bowls so that food is always easy access to food and give loads of praise if she tries something new.
Good foods are pasta sausages apple chocolate tomatoes (this is what my son liked) but I know that all kids are different.

Please feel free to email me if you would like to catch as I know this is so hard but NEVER GIVE UP

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