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    Default Speech pathologist for feeding issues

    I am having ongoing issues with DS2's weight gain, amount he eats and the types of food he eats. He has recently turned one and was classed as failure to thrive at 5months of age. From then it's been a constant battle to get his weight to stay at the third percentile and his paed has been happy with his consistent placement of the third percentile. I have also seen a dietitian a few times along the way.

    Now that he has turned one, I am a bit concerned about his refusal to swallow textured food. He holds food in his mouth and spits it out. And it is harder to keep him on the third percentile.

    His dietitian wants him to see a speech pathologist. Has anyone been to a speech pathologist for similar issues? What exactly do they do for such issues? And for how many visits do you have to see them for? I need some reassurance that speech pathologist can help. Between the dietitian, and the paed my budget is getting a big hit and I want this to be worth it when I commit to it.

    Sorry it ended up a long post. Thank you to anyone reading who made it to the end.

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    Hello, I feel your pain. Believe me.
    A speech pathologist will help and look in your child's mouth. I seen one yesterday. I was also asked to take in food so they can see how my child will eat.
    Go through the public system. Private costs a lot.

    Do you keep offering hard food? Crackers? Hard toast? Cucumber? Steak?

    They will check for tongue tie also.

    Maybe your Bub prefers soft textures.

    The dr asked me if my child makes a clicking noise when bottle fed, if coughs while eating, holds food in mouth.

    Surprisingly my 1st child has more of a tongue tie than my Bub. However his 3.5 and has never had any issues with eating.

    So the dr put it down to preferred texture. A few months ago my Bub wouldn't touch scrambled eggs, now has it no problem.

    Your welcome to message me.

    I don't know if it's helped. But yes, I would go and see one.

    Overall, does your Bub eat other foods?

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    Thank you for taking the time to reply! I'm glad you've had success with a speech pathologist for your DD.

    DS eats some hard food, such as bread, dry cereal, crackers, tomatoes, etc. He def prefers softer food though.

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    Try and find a speechie who specialises in feeding, or maybe your local hospital will have a feeding clinic (which will be free!). They can definitely help. They will assess your child's feeding from food going in to chewing and swallowing etc and then make a plan from there depending on any issues they find.

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    Exactly what the other member said. I only seen the speechie once. Thst was the other day. Apparently you can self refer as well.

    I'm here as I'm sure others are also to help you

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    Yep. My daughter has a lot of feeding difficulties. We've been in 'speech' 'feeding therapy since she was just weeks old.
    Try to find a speechie who is trained in feeding difficulties. Perhsps even who is trained in SOS therapy. Sequential oral sensory is what that stands for. It's a very popular and successful program getting kids to eat food. We did it with my daughter.
    Also you might find your local hospital had feeding groups and therapy and your dr can refer you to that. Feeding therapy groups can do amazing things. ..often watching other kids can be helpful to your child.
    Also. ..they'll teach you about the stages of eating which can help with the textures and swallow etc.
    Some great things to try that you can buy from shops are
    Potato stix
    Rice crackers
    Yogurt drops
    Freeze dried fruit
    Milk arrowroot biscuits
    Avocado
    Scrambled eggs.
    All these types of food dissolve very quickly in your mouth.
    And other foods they call 'hard munchables' ....
    These are foods at that age you can't really bite into but can suck/attempt to chew which helps build tongue lateralisation and strength but also help with tastes.
    Salami sticks
    Carrot sticks etc.
    If you can find a SOS therapist you'll find it really helpful too.
    I hope your paed has investigated any other causes for poor feeding too.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nafsika View Post
    Hello, I feel your pain. Believe me.
    A speech pathologist will help and look in your child's mouth. I seen one yesterday. I was also asked to take in food so they can see how my child will eat.
    Go through the public system. Private costs a lot.

    Do you keep offering hard food? Crackers? Hard toast? Cucumber? Steak?

    They will check for tongue tie also.

    Maybe your Bub prefers soft textures.

    The dr asked me if my child makes a clicking noise when bottle fed, if coughs while eating, holds food in mouth.

    Surprisingly my 1st child has more of a tongue tie than my Bub. However his 3.5 and has never had any issues with eating.

    So the dr put it down to preferred texture. A few months ago my Bub wouldn't touch scrambled eggs, now has it no problem.

    Your welcome to message me.

    I don't know if it's helped. But yes, I would go and see one.

    Overall, does your Bub eat other foods?
    I e been following your other threads. So your speechie rules out any issues, she just has a texture preference? What other foods have you had luck getting into her now you know to offer only soft foods?

    Did they say if she will ever like textured or crunch food etc?

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    My dietitian has recommended a speech pathologist who is apparently very good with eating issues. I will make an appointment soon. Thank you, ladies, for helping me talk It through with you. It helps!!

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    Yes Tamtam, my paed has done a million different tests. All good so far. He has put it down to genetics. I am quite small and hubby is not too big either. DS1 is also on the third percentile or sometimes below it too. While I understand that you can't fight genetics, it is heartbreaking to see DS2 looking so small and the constant refusal to eat is so draining!

    I have had some improvement in the last week in regards to him accepting a wider variety of textured food. I have further reduced his milk which is helping him to eat more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    I e been following your other threads. So your speechie rules out any issues, she just has a texture preference? What other foods have you had luck getting into her now you know to offer only soft foods?

    Did they say if she will ever like textured or crunch food etc?
    I offer her everything except raw veggies. Whether you likes it or not it's there.
    She has a little bit of a tongue tie however my son has a bigger one apparently, but he has no issues so I can't see why my daughter would have issues, which is why she put it down to texture.

    She prefers soft now.


 

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