Posted by: really tired | 2006/07/16


toddler/down syndrome & food issues

Hi there, I am really battleing to get my 2year old to eat proper solids, the only real solids he will eat consist of yogurt, toast, with boveril on and nothing else otherwise he refuses to eat it our latest achievement is pieces of polony, and he will have the odd biscuit and piece of biltong (teething as well) other wise it is porridge and baby fruit purity, if we are having a really good day he might eat a food purity with not too much lumps in. The only fluids he will drink is his bottle (formula milk) we try and weaken this so he doesn't get full on it, he might sip the odd juice but refuses water. He shouts and even cries when we try make him eat if he doesn't want to, we have thought of not feeding him if he doesn't want to eat, but i'm worried that his stomache will get used to not eating?
He is on vitamins which has been specially formulated in America and we buy from Dischem in JHB , called Nutrivene-d for people with DS. this could also be why he is not so hungry, but that is not so much my worry as the fact that he won't try new things and doesn't want the lumps.
Please help me, I'm not sure if it's the so called "two's" and the will thing, a tactile issue concerning the mouth and texture, just been naughty, or if being my first child I messed things up when converting to solids, or what it is.
Is there a menue that you could perhaps give me to work with. I am really getting tired, and my patience and humour is wearing very low, please could you help me.

Expert's Reply



It seems as if mealtimes have become a battleground from what you say. Mealtimes must be quiet, pleasant times for your child. He has obviously developed many dislikes with regard to various foods and does not seem to like coarse food yet. It would be best then to offer him foods which are fine in texture and which have been mashed or finely minced.Don't force any food on him that he does'nt eat willingly.Keep as calm as possible while trying to feed him and don't show that it bothers you if he refuses to eat a certain food. He will start doing so with time. It may be a good idea to stop the vitamin preparation as it may be making him feel full.

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