|Jack's liquid nutrition. Too bad it smells like pennies.|
Thank God for Poly-Vi-Sol.
Despite Jack's SLP's assurance that this is common with the introduction of new foods, I can't help but worry. He's a bit of a skinny-mini, so every bite that goes in his mouth seems vitally precious to me. I've even contemplated taking Jack to a nutritionist for a consultation. The thought of yet another specialist on Jack's team makes my head spin.
I'm hoping (fingers crossed) that this is a passing phase.
Do you know what's horridly frustrating, too? Jack doesn't meltdown during feeding therapy the way he does at home. He does gag and throw up, but no meltdown. It makes me feel like I fail at feeding my kid.
Extremely picky eating is a pretty common behavior with autism, but to me it is one of the most frustrating. It's hard enough when you have to feed your child because he cannot feed himself, but when he rejects any food you put near his mouth, that's brings frustration to a whole new level.
Unfortunately, taking Jack to a nutritionist is a bit beside the point. A nutritionist is going to say "Yes, he isn't eating what he should" to which I'll say "No crap." The problem is Jack's sensory issues and ritualistic behavior keep him eating a limited diet. Only therapy is going to help that.
In the meantime, I'll try to keep my sanity and pray that Jack can grow on a diet of air, love, Poly-Vi-Sol, yogurt, Cheerios, and milk.