“When he gets hungry enough, he’ll eat.”
“We don’t play with our food. We eat it.”
“Kids can live on mac and cheese. Can’t they?”
Are you guilty of using one of these phrases? If so, then you’ve probably faced the high-chair hero. He won’t open his mouth for anything or anyone – not even if Sponge Bob himself were the one holding the spoon. He gives you the trademark head turn. He cries big crocodile tears and repeats the word “no” over and over again. Welcome to the dinner dilemma!
At some point, a child learns to test his or her boundaries, and, unfortunately, the perfect place to try to test boundaries is the family dinner table. Suddenly you’re scouring the cupboards, combing the fridge, offering every possible food just to get your “stubborn” kid to eat.
As a parent, what can you do?
Try these tips to make mealtime more pleasant:
It is important to note that while children crave routines and predictability, adults yearn for variety. It is an awful pairing. Try your best, be patient and realize you’re human.
So, you’ve attempted to conquer the dinner dilemma and your child is either not gaining weight, not progressing to table foods, refusing all but one food group or continuing to demand the same foods day after day. You may need some extra help.
Luckily, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network offers inpatient and outpatient feeding therapy . An evaluation performed by an occupational therapist and a speech language pathologist with advanced training in feeding and eating interventions will help to make sense of the situation for you and your child. If ongoing feeding therapy is recommended, your child will receive services at a frequency most appropriate for his or her needs. You will learn:
If you feel your child would benefit from feeding therapy and would like an evaluation, call 610-776-3578 to schedule an appointment.