SPD or just a Picky Eater?
Trying to figure out if my son (age 7) has SPD. He was a good eater as an infant, loved his baby food, especially the oatmeal! But then soon after he turned 1 and we were able to introduce him to solid food, he seemed to get really picky and would no longer eat meats, vegetables or fruits in any form! For years I have held guilt in my heart, thinking that it was the ice cream we gave him for the first time that made him only like sweets or junk food of any kind. He still ate his baby oatmeal though, til he was at least 4! Now I am wondering if he has SPD.
His mainstay is pizza and peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves pretzels, chips and crackers. He used to eat grilled cheese and spaghetti with lots of marinara sauce but now those are no longer in his diet either. I have tried so hard to get him to even taste foods but to no avail. Until recently he drank Pediasure almost daily to make up for what he wasn't getting but have now we have switched to giving him a powder supplement mixed into his fruit juices.
He has also been extremely sensitive to mostly dairy products. If he likes something (choc milk, milk shakes) he guzzles it and has gotten sick to the point of vomiting at times. Last night it happened again but with bread (rolls) at the restaurant. Usually when we go out anywhere he will only eat french fries but at this place he loves the rolls so he ate a lot of them and made himself sick. Now I am wondering if he has SPD and cannot sense when he is full til it's too late!
If any of you have had similar experiences, plese let me know! I want to talk to his doctor about this but my husband thinks it is just normal kid stuff since he himself was and still is somewhat of a picky eater ~ is SPD or maybe just the tendency for it, hereditary?
Thank you for your help :)