I never intended to blog about eating insofar as it pertains to infants/children with SPD. From all the information I have been able to glean over the last six odd years, there does not appear to exist a one-size-fits-all when it comes to getting those darling sprouts eating. It's literally every mommy for herself.
However, it is one of the top concerns parents have along with (1) getting the correct diagnoses, (2) getting the infant/child to sleep (nightmare!), (3) potty training and (4) aggressive and other anti-social behaviour. I would go so far to say that questions relating to these five topics find their way onto SPD Support Pages every single day - no exceptions.
But I digress.
I realized that I had to broach the issue of eating in the context of SPD even if just to confirm that it is an intolerable ordeal for any parent. While you might be able to convince/bribe/force/coax an neurotypical infant/child to eat a variety of foods, the infant/child with SPD will not be swayed. In most cases they simply cannot tolerate the smell, taste and texture of the food, making it physically impossible to consume. It is not an act, and parents with neurotypical infants/children will not get it. I don’t blame them. I can hardly understand it myself, but it is a stark reality in the life of an infant/child with SPD.
While there is nothing quite as satisfying a tucking a well-nourished child to bed at night, parents dealing with SPD seldom - if ever - get to experience this pleasure. I am gutted to admit that I cannot offer a shred of advice that will magically change this state of affairs.
Here is my experience with Hein-Chris.
I will add that if Hein-Chris was over- or under-weight, I’d take him to visit his paediatrician without delay. The same course of action would apply if Hein-Chris (1) was tired and lethargic during the day while his peers were bouncing off the walls, (2) developed dark circles under his eyes, (3) had any difficulty whatsoever with bowel movements, (4) has not expanded his food choices in the next two to three years.
And that’s that. The blog with no advice. Nice.