Connecting a few dots
Since Thursday we seem to have started to turn a corner, Oscar has picked up two more foods so now eats a total of three, tuc crackers , organic carrot crisps and toast , not just toast !!! So energy levels are a bit higher and toilet routines are returning , I really wonder what bacteria the bug was he contracted back in October!!! it lasted three weeks , well the bug lasted under a week, but the knock on affect from the bug lasted three and he was almost admitted twice , if he hadn’t have been drinking he would have!
Very scary after the bug he would only eat toast or bread, and this continued until last Thursday , he’s still not fully back to his five items but we are building on it ,and as his confidence in eating comes back I really hope he does pick back up on the organic buiscuits he liked as there the only thing remotely sweet he will eat ,and also the garlic bread as there the only cooked thing he will eat , he had a phase in summer are he decided he would eat french fries but it lasted two weeks, then he stopped even if it’s McDonald’s he will hand it back and get very upset , the thing is he needs some fat in his diet as his medication can’t circulate around his body and do it’s job without,so all the while he refuses anything with oil or fat I’m sneaky and spray his toast lightly with olive oil or vegetable oil , I also give omega 3 fish oil for kids in his drinks as it’s apparently very good for brain development and cell renewal, and we need that .
I think that’s the one conversation I most long for with Oscar, as eating and food are the biggest stress for him and me , his anxiety and sensitivities around food and sensory issues really do hold him back , sometimes he really does want to try things but he just can’t commit to it , is it fear?, smell? Texture ? Is it all of these ? It’s so tricky to know, so for now I just have to guess and provide all options , since weaning stages this has been an issue, he was fine with finger foods raw foods, almost lead weaning but he would eat hipp organic jars then suddenly stopped, he very quickly held a few finger foods he liked and never moved on from them, one thing that’s sad about his relationship with food and eating is because he has no breath control he’s unable to breath if he has his mouth full so has regressed from yogurt which he loved and also drinking from his cup , sounds such a simple thing but once things are set with Autism and eating , due to being anti change it’s very hard for him to process a change , despite efforts .
I need to be lead by Oscar on this, as I need his to trust me , I administer his medication, bathe him, brush his teeth and personal care so it’s vital he still allows me to do this ,and although we are under food clinic food, eating and recovering from illness takes such a long time for him , which is why I give him multivitamin, and also no outdoor shoes in the house and regular growing obsession to handgel.
ive read a few articles about eating I think despite what you read we own the stress to it as parents but you need to weigh up what’s important , eating nothing or eating a restricted sensory lead diet, then just do you best to cover the gaps .
Below is an article I found about supporting Autism and eating .