I have a 20 month old daughter who refuses every kind of food. I’ve tried every method to try and get her interested in it but it doesn’t work. She will feed me no problem, but never brings food to her mouth and often throws it on the floor. If she sees I’m trying to feed her with my hand or a spoon she will slap me away very agressively because she is always on the defense. She likes to touch everything so it’s not a sensory problem but she will only drink milk from a bottle or whatever I put in the bottle. She chews on blankets, stuffies, whatever toys she has no problem. Please help me, I have an Occupational Therapist who specializes in food who comes to the house and she is stumped as well.
When my oldest was a baby, I had to put yogurt and baby foods in a bottle in order for her to have more than milk because she refused anything but a bottle as well, and one day out of nowhere she started eating food. The squeeze pouches are a good trial also, at least a start, considering they suck on them just like the bottle, my youngest loves them!!
Do this with the help of the doctor.
- Go to the ped and make sure nothing is wrong.
- Place in front of her soft foods she can't choke on, be prepared for the first few times of her not eating and just throwing it. Make sure it's something that will go on her hands like carrots (mashed of course)
- Don't feed her otherwise, or cut back drastically on bottle feedings.
- She will eventually stick one of those sticky paws in her mouth and discover that food is good.
- Lots of praise and good things.
Now, I'm am not saying starve your child. I am saying let her get hungry. I want to be clear on that. Your child may not be eating because they simply like the milk better. That's ok, but you do need her to eat more solid foods.
The idea here is that baring anything else, she should discover food is yummy and then try to eat it, but that can't happen if she is full-on milk. So, again with the help of a doctor, reduce feedings and let her "discover" foods.