May 24, 2011

Picky Eater or Sensory Food Aversion

Picky Eater or Sensory Food Aversion
picky eater or sensory food aversion
Sensory aversion of food: child eats mostly carbs, milk, cheese and only certain color (white or close to white), sometimes crunchy food: dry cereal (if cereal gets wet in milk, it will be rejected), pizza and chips. The child drinks juices from closed container, so this child does not see color. Since parents started introducing and re-introducing new textures, foods, the child started exploring each piece of food very carefully (visually, then touch and smell) before making decision. Any colored food, vegetables, fruits create tantrums. Now this child tolerate touching colored food and removes it with hand. Child presents with tongue protrusion, decreased awareness/oral-motor control.

Current Treatment includes:
general sensory integration techniques, brushing protocol, chewy tubes, massage, nuk brush, blowing bubbles, verbal/tactile cues for lips closure and tongue movement. Any additional suggestions for treatment besides waiting for maturation of somato- and neuro-sensory systems?


Resources:
Sensory Food Aversions in Infants and Toddlers
Feeding Hints for Children with Food Aversion By Rachel Browne
Beyond Picky Eating: Identifying Sensory Food Aversions

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