Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Picky Eaters...

Both of my kids have Sensory Issues, which is refereed to as Hypersensitivity.

Examples of Hypersensitivity
* Sight: Bothered by bright lights
* Sounds: Showing great discomfort to loud noises such as fireworks, movies, or parades. Or easily distracted by sounds.
* Taste: Easily gags due to texture or tastes. A "picky" eater.
* Touch: Does not like touch (especially when unexpected). May be sensitive to textures or different fabrics.
* Smells: Avoids the meat aisle in the grocery store (too stinky). Detects odors that others may not even notice.

Right now the biggest challenge involved (along with my son's fear of the rain) is they are both picky eaters... My daughter love pasta, but my son does not, the boy wont even eat mac-n-cheese. What kid doesn't like mac-n-cheese!?
They wont eat vegetables or meat other than chicken nuggets and sometimes hot-dogs (do hot-dogs even count as meat?). There are very few meals I can get them both to eat...
Its really frustrating. There are a few different fruits I can get them both to eat. If its crackers or goldfish my son is happy. But its a struggle to get him to eat anything with real sustenance and nutritional value. If I give him something new he doesn't even want to try it. He has literally gagged on foods.

It's such a constant struggle. I worry about them both not getting the nutrition they need, but I cant force feed them. With my daughter, who's 8, I can at least bribe/barter/convince her to eat/try things. But my son is only 4, it doesn't work on him.

My daughter is very Hyperactive and the therapist has suggested I try doing the Gluten Free diet to see if it helps. But with them both being so picky, that would require taking out most of their favorite foods... I wonder if there are Gluten Free Goldfish? LOL!
With all the difficulty in doing a Gluten Free diet there is no guarantee it will help.


Trisha

4 comments:

  1. Hopefully they may grow out of it. While my boys didn't have the sensory issues (I actually do have some, so I totally understand the kids), I did have a really picky eater who wouldn't try anything new. He finally did grow out of it and now is actually a great cook himself, trying new recipes he makes up.
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  2. Oh my goodness! I can totally relate. I have one especially picky eater (she is 11) and one who is a bit better, but still particular (she is 8). My oldest daughter reacts to everything about food - scent, sight, texture, taste. I can make a list of about 5 to 6 things she will eat without complaint and that's it. Doctors have said she will grow out of it...I believed them when she was several years younger, but now I am not so sure.

    If you find anything that works, I would really like to hear about it and I will do the same.

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  3. I can totally relate!! My son is being tested now for sensory issues ... as well as aspergers. He was just diagnosed with ADHD and giftedness. So it's lots of fun in my house!!
    And to answer your question ... I don't think they make gluten free goldfish! LMAO :)
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  4. Both my daughters were very good eaters when they were babies, but as she got older my older daughter became very picky. I am a actually a pretty picky eater myself, but my daughter has become even pickier than me. I am a new follower from the blog hop. Visit my daughter and I at our blog, Says Me Says Mom, http://saysmesaysmom.blogspot.com where we talk about anything and everything.

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