My 3yr old son will not eat anything except for Gerber stage 2 purees. He gags on any other food offered and physically refuses it. He drinks while milk with rice cereal added and sometimes flavoring. He will however, let you put a lollipop in his mouth and spin it around, I guess he knows he doesn't have to swallow it. He does have a speech delay and was late walking. Has anyone had a similar experience and how and when did it resolve? We are waiting to have him evaluated by a developmental doctor. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
As a parent of 3 children 4 years and younger, I share your concern! I did a little digging and I found out a few interesting things. However, before I share them, I do want to congratulate you for getting a Dr involved.
In the article Ask Dr. Sears: Refusing Solid Foods, the author states
Between 6 and 12 months of age, many babies go through a passing stage of refusing solids and favoring milk...
I know your little guy is older, but you mentioned that he developed a little later in life. Maybe this is another thing that he is developing later than typical.
www.todaysparent.com also mentioned something similar
Between 6 months to a year is when kids develop eating skills...
While I am not a Dr, I am a parent. I would think that he will eventually develop the desire for solid foods as long as you keep trying. I do think the best thing would be to do what you are already doing, getting his Dr involved.
I hope this helps and my heart goes out to you!