Our expert says:
I can understand that your 5-year-old son and his reactions to food because of the oral tactile problem, are worrying. His height and weight seem to be normal so despite not eating vegetables and only eating 2 types of fruit, he seems to be growing normally. I am just worried that he may develop deficiencies of specific nutrients such as iron (which is found in meat, fish, poultry) and vitamin C (citrus fruits, berries, etc). Banana and apple are not rich sources of vitamin C per se. Because he has this problem of taking vitamin and mineral supplements, this may be a difficult hurdle to overcome. I don't know if you have ever considered consulting a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), to firstly assess his growth, his present diet and to provide assistance with his eating problems? It may be a good idea to obtain some professional support as he grows older and will require higher nutrient intakes.
Holding thumbs for you and the lad
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