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April 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Has anyone had problems getting their baby to eat baby food??? My poor little Dylan just doesn't want to eat it! It doesn't seem like the taste bothers him, but he doesn't like eating off a spoon. I have to put the sippy cup to his mouth to get him to open up and then have to put the food in his mouth real quick. He goes ahead and eats it and doesn't spit it out, but it is just very hard work! He has started to catch on to this trick and will shut his mouth real tight right when he sees the spoon! I just don't know what to do! I mean, he has to have a certain amount of food everyday, but I am having such a hard time. Any suggestions??

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  1. Registered: Feb 1, 2010

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    Tucson, Arizona

    How old is Dylan? I know that for the first year, their primary source of nutrition is formula/breast milk for all babies, PKU or not. Basically the food introduction is when they feel they need to be involved in “people food” and to help fill them up. My natural instinct would be to wait until he is showing that he is ready and interested. I know you want to start with baby food, but eventually, you will be able to use finger foods. Obviously since I’m not a parent and definitely not a parent of a PKU kiddo, I’m not speaking from personal experience. I’m just talking out of my experience working as a home visitor with families of youg babies and what I understand to be recommended to kids (beyond the 4 days they are in the hospital when i care for them) from my nursing school and nutrition courses, so may be wrong. Us PKUers can be quite stubborn and picky, which I’m sure irritated my mom a LOT since my options were so limited growing up! It’s hard because my husband was taught to eat whatever is given to you, and be appreciative for it. My mom never forced me to eat anything I didn’t want because she had tried low pro food and knew sometimes it just wasn’t edible! lol Thank goodness, low protein food has made leaps and bounds in the last 25ish years!

  2. Registered: Jun 27, 2009

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    , New York

    I agree with Kristi in terms of waiting a little to see if Dylan becomes more interested in food. How old is he? In my pre-Molly life I was a speech pathologist with a specialty in feeding issues. I worked primarily in Early Intervention (birth to 3). Let me know Dylan’s age and I can try to give you some tips. The fact that he is catching on so quickly to the sippy-cup switcheroo shows what a bright boy he is. You do not want his first food experience to be a negative one so be careful about pushing/forcing the issue to much. Know that you can always make up the phe he does not take through food by adding extra formula (enfamil/similac) or breast milk to his formula.

  3. Registered: Nov 12, 2009

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    , Georgia

    Thanks for your comments! Brenda, please give me some of your tips! Dylan is 6.5 months old. We just started food about 2 weeks ago, b/c we were having such a hard time getting his levels stable. His levels are doing much better now, but the food thing is still a problem! He seems to really like the taste of the food once he gets it in his mouth, and I can tell he moves it in his mouth and then swallows, but he just doesn’t want it off a spoon. I definitely don’t want to make things worse, but his pediatrician and dietician tell me to just keep trying. What do you think?

  4. Registered: Nov 3, 2009

    Posts: 0

    , Massachusetts

    Brenda, I never knew you were a Speech Language Pathologist! Very interesting! What a great mix of people we have in this community! Hope the advice given helps, and not that I know all that much on the topic, but from what I do know about introducing foods to little ones, Brenda and Kristi are right on. Good Luck!

  5. Registered: Jun 27, 2009

    Posts: 0

    , New York

    Sorry for the delay in responding – my son has had an awful stomach bug and I am up to my ears in laundry from the vomiting. I am glad to hear that foods were introduced only two weeks ago. It does take some time to get used to. What is he taking? Rice cereal? Fruits? Veggies? Where is he sitting? How often is he eating? Drinking? Which comes first – food or formula?

    Babies are born with a hypersensitive gag to protect them from choking. The way that they explore things with their mouth helps to desensitize the gag so that they are ready for foods. Does Dylan put lots of toys in his mouth? How about his hands? If he has a favorite teething toy, maybe put some of the food on that.

    Is he sensitive to touch on his face? Does he like it? Dislike it?

    What exactly happens when you approach him with a spoon full of food. Describe it as much as you can so I can get a sense of what is happening. Is he pursing his lips? Turning his head away? The fact that he recognizes the spoon is right on target for his age in terms of brain development (cognitive skills), the fact that he does not eagerly await the approach of the spoon is a bummer (that is what we all hope for). It is likely due to the newness of solids. Opening the mouth and readying it at the site of the spoon is a skill that typically emerges about a month after foods have been introduced — between six and seven months. Does he get excited when he sees the bottle?

    What happens when the food gets in his mouth? Does he gag? Does he push it out? Because babies have those adorable pinchable fat cheek pads, the only place for the tongue to go those first six months is in and out (as opposed to up and down). Because of this motion, it is very typical for pureed food to be pushed out when it is first introduced so don’t worry if that is what you are seeing.


  6. Registered: Nov 12, 2009

    Posts: 0

    , Georgia

    Sorry I never got back with you. Dylan is doing better, but still doesn’t like to eat from the spoon. Some days are better than others. He is eating mixed cereal, fruits, and veggies. He usually sits in his high chair, but sometimes, I let him sit on the floor. He usually drinks 5 6 oz bottles a day, b/c we can’t get him to take more than that at a time. We usually feed him in between bottles and he eats 2-3 times a day depending on how much we can get him to eat at one time.

    Dylan loves to put toys in his mouth and will put the spoon in his mouth until it has food on it!! I have tried putting food on his teething toy and on top of his sippy cup and he will take it right off of that. He doesn’t mind us touching his face. When we approach him with a spoon, most of the time he wll purse his lips tight and sometimes, turn his head.

    Sometimes, he gets excited when he sees the bottle, but lately, he has not been wanting to take the bottle either and prefers his sippy cup. He is teething, so I think that has something to do with it. He doesn’t usually gag when the food gets in his mouth. Usually, once it’s in there, he will go ahead and swallow it.

    Thanks for your help!

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