Refusal To Eat

by Mike
(East Lansing, MI)

My 11 month old daughter probably has SPD. She has stopped eating solids and we need to use a dropper to get her formula down her. She will take 1 to 2 bites of a baby food, usually a fruit, and then clamp her mouth shut. We can sneak in a bite every now and then, but feedings routinely take 30-45 minutes to get her to eat 2 servings of food.

Additionally, she is only drinking her 1st morning bottle on her own, otherwise we use a dropper to give her formula throughout the day. It is a tremendous struggle to get her to eat. We do oral stimulation, brushings, deep pressure, and tactile stimulation with various fabrics... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Jun 14, 2008
Re: Refusal to Eat
by: Lauri

My daughter has SPD. As an infant she refused to take a bottle (she was breastfed). When I went back to work when she was 7 weeks old she would starve herself until I got home from work. We were able to use the little 3 ounce plastic cups (like Dixie cups) made by Solo to get her to drink some. Once she was a little older she (old enough to drink juice) she would use a sippy cup. Have you tried different cups, etc?

May 18, 2008
Treatments And Diagnosis
by: Anonymous

Just wondering how you arrived at the combination of things you're doing to try to help her. Our son was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder at seventeen months old after we had him brainmapped and could see very specifically the problems he was (and wasn't) up against.

We knew he wasn't autistic (though strangers sometimes assume he is because he's largely non-verbal at three and displays some sensory issues still). We'd already referred him to our Early Intervation system for therapy, and the doctor who did the brainmapping worked closely with us and his EI therapists to make sure his therapies were appropriate. For instance, while joint compressions and oral-motor techniques were great for him, we were warned to avoid brushing for him because his system wasn't ready for it.

Have you had her evaluated by Early Intervention yet? You may want to, and also perhaps have her tested by some more concrete means than someone marking off symptoms on a checklist. (The mapping, for instance, can be done on kids as young as a year.) Good luck!

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