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Old 11-12-2008, 11:38 AM   #1
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DS just turned 1 and he still doesn't really like solids. I have been giving him chunkier food and offering puffs or cheerios but he just isn't taking to them. Sometimes he will eat a little of the chunkier food, but other times he just gags and refuses to eat it Lately he will spit the chunks of food back at me and throws a tantrum. The last 3 days he refused to eat at all and only wants to nurse......I don't know what to do. I'm concerned that he won't try the cheerios or anything of that consistency yet.

Is anyone else dealing with this? Any tips? Should I just keep trying and not get worried on the days he doesn't feel like eating that solids? I've been so stressed about his eating habits now that hes one, and is really affecting me

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:47 AM   #2
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Maddie barely ate any solids at a year. MAYBE a tsp/tbsp a day of something...oatmeal or avocado. She just didn't really take to it until about 15-18 months. She nursed like crazy. ESPECIALLY when she was teething, she wanted NO part of solids at all and ONLY wanted to nurse.

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My ds was like that. He eventually started taking food, but not really well until I weaned him at 19 months. Maybe just give him a wide variety of food in very small amounts until he finds something he likes.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:12 AM   #4
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Re: 1yr old and trouble with solids

My ds1 never liked solids. I had heard of other babies who didn't much care for them until after 1 yr, but my gut told me that what I was dealing with was far more intense than what they were talking about. At 11 months, he started OT which went on for 6 months. He made no progress. If we took away his milk, he still wouldn't eat and lost scary amounts of weight. Finally at 21 months, he got involved with the 3rd ranked pediatric feeding team in the US. Even so, it took them 4 1/2 months (with visits twice/week and some not very pleasant procedures) before we FINALLY discovered that he had an extremely severe case of silent GERD. He had NO symptoms except refusing food. At 25 months, he started medication and gained 5 lbs in 5 weeks (and was still skinny!).

My story is unusual, and it's unlikely that's what is happening with your dc. But I'm sharing because there are some extreme cases. I can't tell you how many mothers and drs would say flippant things like "he'll eat when he's hungry" (which he obviously didn't) or "some babies are more attached to the bottle and don't want to give it up". I felt like slapping people when they made those comments. I KNEW that my child wanted to eat and couldn't. I knew it was painful. I knew it wasn't normal. Unfortunately it took a long time to discover the problem. If I could do it over, I would have been more aggressively seeking an answer earlier in his life.

You just have to trust your Mommy instincts on this one. It could be perfectly normal. Or it may not be.
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My 11 month old DD still doesn't really like solids. We started introducing stuff at around 6 months and then at 9 months took a break because she still refused almost everything and started to throw fits when she saw spoons or baby food. We restarted slowly and for the most part she eats now, but we still have days when she doesn't want to eat any solids at all. She doesn't eat cheerios or puffs or any of the baby "snacks" either. She will table foods like cheese, bread, avacado, and noodles sometimes, but only if she is in the mood. When she is teething, it's a million times worse and pretty much will only nurse or take a bottle. Some kids just don't take to it as easily as others!
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Well yesterday we tried to give him 1/2 a cheerio and he had it on his tongue for less that 10 seconds and started gaging. The gaging caused him to throw up more than I have ever seen. We tried feeding him pureed sweet potatoes later in the day and even though they were liquid in consistency he threw up again, and then again when we tried peaches and cereal for dinner. I thought it was b/c his throat was more sensitive after the morning cheerio incident, but now I'm thinking it may be more. I had suspected he had GERD when he was an infant, maybe I should research it more
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Well yesterday we tried to give him 1/2 a cheerio and he had it on his tongue for less that 10 seconds and started gaging. The gaging caused him to throw up more than I have ever seen. We tried feeding him pureed sweet potatoes later in the day and even though they were liquid in consistency he threw up again, and then again when we tried peaches and cereal for dinner. I thought it was b/c his throat was more sensitive after the morning cheerio incident, but now I'm thinking it may be more. I had suspected he had GERD when he was an infant, maybe I should research it more
It could very well be. When my ds got older, he got to the point where he would hold food in his mouth because swallowing was so difficult. A pea might stay in there for 2-3 hours! He also used his sippy cup to swallow food. It might take half a cup of water, but he would get the teaspoon of mashed potatoes down. At a year, it was mainly just refusing food though.

Most people don't go through the nightmare that I did to get a diagnosis. It took us 14 months, 3 pediatricians, 2 GI specialists, 4 ST/OT, an upper GI, and LOTS of frustration to find out what the problem was. Our case was hard because he had absolutely no symptoms, but some kids don't. Most moms I've talked to just have a discussion with their pediatrician and get some good results. But if you find that people aren't listening, keep pushing or find another dr. I also found it helpful to keep a log of everything I tried to feed him and everything he ate/drank. When I said that he would go 5 days without eating, everyone assumed I was exaggerating.
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Re: 1yr old and trouble with solids

I know it can be very frustrating and you should look into the GERD prospect. Keep in mind that once one throws up it is usually much easier to throw again with in the next day or two - the gag reflex seems to be easier to stimulate. Also another thing to keep in mind some people are just so sensetive with oral stimulation. I have a 2 1/2 YO who still thows up to this day if its too much, too solid or too fast. I still have to feed him and he eats very little when he does eat. So with all that I also think you should offer small amount with variety until you find what your LO likes all the while keep everything pureed. Once you do find something he loves try it a little thicker and if he doesnt take it wait a week and try again.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:54 AM   #9
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I would definately talk with your ped about GERD. The best "test" is an 8 week trial of Prevacid treatment with journalling to watch symptom progress (or lack thereof).
The other thing to think about is oral aversions or oral motor apraxia or poor oral tone. One easy thing to try is an electric toothbrush. Let your LO close his mouth around it and experience the vibrations, massage the teeth/gums. An OT or Speech therapist can help. You or your ped can refer you to Early intervention/0-3/First steps (each state has their own name, but it is a national program and is free) they will do an assessment and offer services (for free) if indicated!
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I spoke with my ped today and he was also concerned. He referred us to an occupational therapist, so we'll see. Thank you all for your support
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