While you might be able to convince/bribe/force/coax a 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. Never force your child to eat.
The infant/child with SPD should never be Iron, Vitamin B, or Magnesium deficient. Iron is crucial for sound, uninterrupted sleep - the infant/child with SPD will typically struggle to sleep. Vitamin B fends off anxiety and depleted levels have a nasty effect on the infant/child with SPD - remember that he/she struggles with high levels of anxiety by default. Magnesium helps with the relief of muscle tension (even relaxing the colon) - the infant/child with SPD will often struggle to fully relax. Always speak to your paediatrician before administering supplements - especially if your infant/child is on medication.
Another of the biggest gifts you can offer your child with SPD is a good self-esteem. However, the child with SPD is typically prone to weak self-esteem due to his/her unique physiological and neurological design. There literally might be absolutely no reason for your child to feel like anything other than a superstar having doting parents who commit themselves one hundred percent to their child, fabulously supportive teachers at school, occupational therapists who spend hours focusing solely on him/her, etc. However, as stated above, a weak self-esteem is the result of forces from within your child’s own body. Remember that the child with SPD is in an almost constant state of heightened anxiety causing - among others - increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol. It is these stress hormones that are most likely directly complicit in making your child with SPD feel “down”. Excess levels of these hormones - over a prolonged period - will almost certainly leave your child in a state of depression. Weak self-esteem is usually unavoidable over the medium to long term. Make sure to find your child the correct treatment in collaboration with your trusted paediatrician. SPD cannot be cured, but your child can (and must) be taught to cope with it appropriately. If he/she is not treated and taught, a life-long battle with anxiety disorder, depression and weak self-esteem is almost inevitable.