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Old 02-09-2009, 08:08 PM   #11
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Re: DS's OT wants us to wean...

I am a Master's OT student and I am upset with the actions of this OT. Please rest assured that is NOT what most OTs are about. You are the parent, so you set the goals for treatment, not the OT! UGH!

I am not understanding the reason for the referral. Is the OT an oral motor specialist? Did your pedi recommend treatment?

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:44 PM   #12
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Yes, we were referred by our pedi. I have thought DS had reflux since he was born basically. He has had symptoms on and off. When DS started having problems with solids (gaging, refusing to eat, spitting out anything chunky) I asked the pedi about reflux and he referred us to the OT. DS has been making progress with the exercises but overall still doesn't like solid foods (he has only gagged once in almost 2 weeks, and he will lick and taste crackers and pretzels but not bite them....if he accidentally gets a chunk off he gets really angry and spits it out).

I see the pedi tomorrow so we will see what he thinks about it....then we go back to OT on Wed. so its going to be an interesting week, UGH!
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If it were me, I would FIRE my OT. From the sounds of that OT I would have walked out during the first session.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:33 PM   #14
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Re: DS's OT wants us to wean...

My DS is 16mos and is also having a hard time with solids and still a strong nurser. He doesn't gag or anything but he just prefers BM to food.

I guess my ? would be why did you feel it warrented an OT? And just an additional comment would be that just because it's a medical professional doesn't mean they are G-d. You can make your own parenting choices. If you don't want to wean, don't. Tell the OT that the tips that you have been given are working but weaning is a deal breaker...
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:09 PM   #15
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Re: DS's OT wants us to wean...

Personally I would contact your local LLL and ask them what they think about the situation and get some support for extended nursing and some information on the benefits of breastfeeding. The AAP recommends a year and longer if the momma and baby are comfy, the WHO recommends a min. of 2 years of nursing...she really needs to get her facts straight here..I could totally see if you were dealing with a FTT situation, but your 15 month old outweighs my 14 month old by almost 10# and my daughter has not had much bm because we are dry nursing until this next bean is born!! You have a nice sized baby there!!(totally meant to be a compliment!) Go with his cues.

I also would be having a discussion with her the next time, that when you make a decision as a parent, for example you saying you wanted him out of hte high chair, you are not to be overridden as a parent. You know your child and this is supposed to be helpful and not detrimental to the child. I agree that you do not want to reward your child's screaming by giving them what they want, when that screaming is being done to manipulate, but when it is a fear or a fight or flight feeling that they are dealing with, we are talking that she could actually set back any therapy that she may be able to do with him. I would politely remind her that you are her paycheck and will be making the final shots, and if she does cannot respect you as a mother, that you will find a new OT.
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Thank you for all of your responses! I should have given an update last week. We are no longer seeing the OT. At our last appointment she spent 20 minutes lecturing me on how it is not normal that DS takes 10+ minutes to warm up to new people and new situations at his age. She said that by 15 months it should only take him 5 min to warm up to her :rollseyes: (he cries when she gets too close and I think he just doesn't like her very much) I explained that he is put into new situations and meets new people at least twice a week and doesn't have such an extreme reaction, and that I thought he was making a lot of progress....she disagreed. I didn't understand what this had to do with the food issue....

Also, I cannot get DS to eat for at least a day after seeing her. This last time he wouldn't even go into the highchair. After I cancelled our last appointment he started chewing solid foods for the first time without gagging, and has been successfully doing it for over a week so I am confident I made the right decision. We are still going to continue our plan for CLW. Thanks again for the support ladies!
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lindsey---way to go, momma!!! i'm so happy to read your update. i have no doubt your ds will keep improving.

that woman really needs to find a new line of work...one that doesn't involve children!!!
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I am a Master's OT student and I am upset with the actions of this OT. Please rest assured that is NOT what most OTs are about. You are the parent, so you set the goals for treatment, not the OT! UGH!
I am also an OT, and I'm glad you decided to discontinue seeing her. OT is all about being client-centered, which would include the whole family in your situation. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with OT; we're definitely not all like that.
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