You may have already heard of this, but when your kid has significant feeding and sensory issues, one rule for introducing a new food is to try it 10 days consecutively, typically once a day. They will probably fight and gag and carry on at first, but if you picked a reasonable food to try, the idea is that after 10 days they will start to tolerate it – even if grudgingly – being part of their routine.
So now on Day 15 of the Great Diced Peaches Experiment, we have gone from “everybody was kung-fu fighting the peaches” to “if you’re lucky, this little peach thing will get in my mouth and then I’ll be yanking it back out and pitching it or just gagging and making a Shakespearean tragedy of it and spitting it out.” And here we were so hopeful since he used to love pureed peaches. Aren’t we cute for being hopeful? (rhetorical question)
We’ve been letting them do this at school because, as you may have come to know with your own kids, these little stubborn people who live in our house will often let others in therapy and school do things to them that they won’t let us do at home. Go figure. We thought they’d have more luck than we do at home. They have to an extent, but it’s hard to consider the Peaches Debacle much of a leap for feeding-kind.
This is getting really depressing. J-Man’s diet is already limited enough, and we’ve been stuck on the same foods for what feels like forever. He’ll eat a gallon of applesauce a day but would rather die than eat a diced peach. Go figure.
There is a sort of feeding spectrum to note here if you haven’t read previous episodes of our eating travails. He’ll eat runnier things (applesauce and puree jar food) and crunchy things (veggie straws, tortilla chips, fritos, saltines, toast) but almost nothing in that vast expanse in between that includes 99% of edible things. The only exceptions in the food consistency spectrum have been chicken nuggets and french fries. He once ate cheese fries at Chili’s and we nearly dropped dead at the wonderment of it. Well, it’s good to have fond memories.
I guess it could be worse. He is growing fine and has checked out as overall very healthy. It’s just that he’s bound to be missing out on certain nutrients even with the multivitamins and whatnot.
Well, what do you do. I guess we’ll punt peaches for now and try diced pears or something.