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    Default Need to vent about eating habits. Im seriously at my whits end.

    I agree with pp about getting a referral but since you have tried all the foods she used to like maybe try something different? Something she has never eaten before maybe?
    Or if that fails as anewme said maybe bland food like mashed potato/plain pasta/rice so at least she gets something in to her?
    Good luck , I hope you find a solution soon

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    I def agree with a referral to a pead and/or speechie that specialises in oral aversions.

    I don't think you are over reacting at all, I would be beside myself. I would also imagine it is taking away your precious sleep too if she is waking hungry at night time.

    Has anything major happened in her life lately? Has she suffered a trauma?

    I would also consider a mental health plan/pysch referral.

    It must be overwhelming for her too...feeling hungry but scared of food. Could you take her and let her choose a special plate from the shop? Even a special cup/sippy straw type thing so she could drink formula out of that.

    My DD is dairy intolerant too and for a while was very hesitant about food (nothing close to your DD) and we put it down to her associating food with stomach pains. But, it passed quickly and she went back to trying lots of new things again.

    I hope things turn around soon for you all

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    You poor thing I know how u feel. I just read the article hoping to find some advice for me 26mth old a fussy eater . I too have offered her other food eg from my plate she looks at it holds sometimes puts it in her mouth but then spits outs or hands it back to me without even tasting it. So frustrating.

    She eats only chicken nuggets, chicken chips and mixed frozen veg corn on the cob toast and a hotdog sausage, bread with jam or philly cheese and most fruits. So boring but at least she's eating something. I was told by my Gp that if they eat one good meal each day not to worry but you do worry because you think that the diet is inadequate because they don't eat what the rest of the family eats and you don't want to send them to bed without food.

    My DD also told me a few weeks ago in a loud voice "not eating Breakfast anymore" which was her good meal of the day so I just ignored her & sat her in the chair and she still ate it. Sometimes no doesn't always mean no
    I guess she was just testing to see if she could get away with it . But yes these toddlers once they know what they want seem to be very bossy with us parents.
    Good luck I hope she will eat soon.

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    Default Need to vent about eating habits. Im seriously at my whits end.

    Just an update, I'm booked into see my doctor at the end of the week, she has been really good for me so I'm hoping she will be good with dd.

    Last night my mum came over for dinner time and we were able to get her to eat a little bit of tinned spaghetti, she was upset the entire time but mum and I just kept soothing her and in the end she was quite happy to eat a bit herself, it wasn't much but she ate it.
    I have it to her again this morning and she ate some more, not much but she did eat some so I'm feeling a bit better today.
    I haven't tried her with anything else, for the time being I will just stick to offering the spaghetti.

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    Default Need to vent about eating habits. Im seriously at my whits end.

    Google sensory processing disorder and see if she ticks any boxes?

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    Firstly big massive hugs xxx My DD has oral aversion and your DD's behaviour sounds just the same of my DD's. You mentioned she has an allergy to milk and eggs - I'm wondering if maybe over the past few weeks she was accidentally exposed to either and she had some kind of reaction or you or a carer got a bit stressed about the exposure? Just thinking it could be a trigger for her fear. Oral aversion is a psychological disorder and I'm wondering if something has triggered her to start fearing food??? Get onto a speech pathologist ASAP they will be able to asses if there is a behavioural/psychological issues and start doing food/eating therapy with her. If she is knocking back junk food I would say you may have a problem on your hands, it may also be worthwhile havering her checked by the GP as childhood diseases such as hand/foot and mouth disease can stop a child eating as can sore throats etc..... Please just try to be patient and don't get angry at her, it will only make things worse. I know how frustrating it is and we have spent years in therapy but I am happy to say we have made a lot of progress as well

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    First of all.. you must be so stressed out!!

    Did anything happen to set this off? Like was she sick or anything?

    Good luck with the dr I really hope they work something out.

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    Default Need to vent about eating habits. Im seriously at my whits end.

    Did they check tonsils etc? I would be looking for a physical cause and push further with doctors. It doesn't sound right.

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    I would recommend asking for a referral to a speech pathologist and or OT who specialise in feeding difficulties. There is a program called SOS feeding therapy that I have heard excellent reports about.

    Also try and remember to make food fun for her, if she senses you're stressedetc it will make her worse. See if you can get her to just play with with food - a fun one is yoghurt on the table and encourage her to play in it - draw pictures in it etc, use bits of fruit to make faces, shapes, animals etc, but at no time talk about eating the food. Try and get her to have fun just covering her hands in the mess. Let her see you licking your fingers, or eat a grape "eye" from the face, make a joke about eating a banana "nose" etc. But you do the eating and put no pressure on her.

    You can do similar things with main meals, arrange her dinner in a face shape - broccoli for ears, carrot nose, meat mouth, potato hair etc. Let her sit with you at dinner time and encourage her to talk about the face and make it happy, sad, silly etc. But don't stress about it it and force her to try things, just make it fun. See if you can get her to just lick a vegetable or the meat, no stress just a lick, but if she won't gloss over it and try again the next night.

    Goodluck!
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    Default Need to vent about eating habits. Im seriously at my whits end.

    You could also try taking the pressure off all together.

    Pick a small selection of different foods that she can eat independently, put them somewhere she can reach easily, let her know they are there and show her where you're putting them, then just leave them alone.

    Don't even go and watch or comment if she goes over to them, and don't prompt her to go and eat. If the food is getting a bit yucky being left out then every now and again go and let her know that you're putting something fresh out for her.

    Good luck x.


 

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