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NEED HELP! undiagnosed 2yr old with eating problems

  • Posted By: jaxson816
  • December 30, 2008
  • 05:41 AM

my son has been underdiagnosed several times. he suffers from difficulty swallowing, gagging, only eats 3 diff kinds of food, mouth ulcers, bruised palate, excessive drooling, excessive thirst, on the site or smell or touch of some food gags him instantly. all the doctors an therapist say that he's just a picky eater an he'll eat when he's hungry. he would choke on a pacifier as an infant an most nipples. it is like fighting a panther to brush his teeth. :confused::confused::confused:

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  • A wheat/gluten allergy?I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but PLEASE don't take no for an answer. Something is wrong, so please be persistent in getting a diagnosis!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2009
    • 06:15 AM
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  • my son has been underdiagnosed several times. he suffers from difficulty swallowing, gagging, only eats 3 diff kinds of food, mouth ulcers, bruised palate, excessive drooling, excessive thirst, on the site or smell or touch of some food gags him instantly. all the doctors an therapist say that he's just a picky eater an he'll eat when he's hungry. he would choke on a pacifier as an infant an most nipples. it is like fighting a panther to brush his teeth. :confused::confused::confused:As a professional, I must agree that your son has severe oral sensory aversions. This would account for all of your concerns except the bruising and ulcerations. The excessive salivation is likely drooling as a result of a delayed swallow reflex. It sounds as if you are receving dysphagia/swallowing therapy. Be sure that the sensory component us being addressed. Nit all therapists (and very few dr's) understand this. It takes alot of time-- months, possibly years uo work through well-established aversions. Now, dr's say the child will eat when he gets ready. Not true. He will only eat what he can tolerate; otherwise, the body's response is usually to vomit. The body/brain does crave what it needs but this situation is NOT as simple as holding your breath and eating your asparagus!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 13, 2009
    • 06:02 AM
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