Q&A: 17 Month Old Refuses Table Food and is Underweight

My 17 month old daughter refuses to eat most table food and will not feed herself at all. She has never even tried to put finger foods in her mouth, although balls/toys go in there without problem. She will not use a spoon for anything other than banging on her high chair. It seems that she will not eat anything …

Q&A: 1 Year Old Not Self Feeding

My one year old grandson was “tongue – tied” and this was surgically corrected when he was 8 months old. It wasn’t diagnosis as a newborn infant. He has shown no interest in self-feeding, but will accept/chew/swallow appropriate table foods if these are given to him. He has never put toys in his mouth to explore it. He does use …

Q&A: 11 Month Old Doesn’t Want to Eat Table Food

Our 11 month old doesn’t have much interest in eating table foods except for cheerios, crackers and the like. She will pick up pieces of food with her pincher fingers and put them to her lips to taste them. Sometimes she will eat a few bites very slowly and deliberately. We occasionally have days at a time where she will …

Q&A: Child Only Eats Pureed Foods

My husband and I adopted a little boy from China. He had cleft lip and cleft palate; both have been repaired. He just turned. It was a real struggle getting him to eat from a spoon, but we finally achieved that goal. He still will only accept slightly chunky pureed food. If we give him anything with more form or …

Q&A: 15 Month Old Baby Refuses to Drink Milk & Water

My daughter is 15 months old. Everyday is a struggle for me to make sure she drinks enough milk and water. I first started having this struggle around 9 months old when I noticed she would start to refuse her formula. I still managed to get enough formula to her even though ever feeding was a struggle. But even now …

Q&A: 8 Month Old Underweight and Not Drinking Milk

I have a neighbor that has an 8 month old child. The baby can hardly turn over, or hold his bottle. She refuses to put him on his tummy and when I’m around I make him lay that way. She doesn’t like it because he fusses while on his tummy. He can’t push himself up at all. He can barely …

Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Avoid Mealtime Stress

Many children experience mealtime problems at some point, including inconsistent appetite, pickiness, fear of new foods, clumsiness with self-feeding, or difficulty sitting still. These challenges are often more pronounced in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition to the social and communication impairments that characterize ASD, there may be difficulties with sensory processing, motor skills, attention, and behavior. For …