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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15-01-2016 09:43 #1
Speech pathologist for feeding issues
16-01-2016 05:38 #2
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?
18-01-2016 07:15 #3
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.
18-01-2016 07:38 #4
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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18-01-2016 07:53 #5
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
18-01-2016 08:24 #6
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
Freeze dried fruit
Milk arrowroot biscuits
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.
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.
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18-01-2016 08:24 #7
18-01-2016 08:26 #8
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!!
18-01-2016 08:39 #9
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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18-01-2016 11:40 #10
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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