My 20 month old son has NEVER had an easy time when it comes to eating. From birth it was acid reflux, to which the Dr. prescribed Zantac and soy milk. At 12 months old we were told to have him come off and noticed that the vomiting had stopped even without the Zantac so we were relieved. We moved on to babyfoods, first fruits, then veggies, meats and desserts. He would literally only eat turkey, sweet potato, pears and sweet corn. This went on from about 6 months to 12 months. We've been trying table food since 12 months since he absolutely refuses baby food now. I've tried everything I can think of:
Pastina, soups, oatmeal, farina, mashed potatoes, corn, eggs, sweet potatos, chicken nuggets, fries, carrots, cheese, yogurt, etc. You name it, we've tried it. This kid will not eat the same thing twice, he absolutely hates textures. If it's small he spits it out, if it's crusty or soggy types of food he chokes and then shoves his fingers down his throat to induce vomiting. He is not partial to any one type of texture or food, it seems to be, forgive the expression, a crap shoot at meal times for us. I've seen him go an entire 24 hour period on just soy milk and goldfish and they were offered as a last resort. I've been known to make 6 meals for him in one sitting.
Fruit is iffy with him, he'll ask for a banana, bite it only if I give it to him in the skin and then leave half of it on the table. We cannot cut it up and offer it in a bowl, he throws it. He won't eat in a highchair either, if he does eat dinner lets say, it MUST be on my lap and off my plate and only then will he eat half of my portion of meat, no starch, no veggie!
BTW, he's hitting all his milestones, shows no signs of developmental issues or problems, is overly verbal and is already singing parts of the alphabet song. He's still on soy milk, about 16 oz per day, but he is only 33.5 inches tall and weighs 23 pounds! I am really nervous about his weight, he's below the 5th percentile although his blood test say he's healthy. His doctor just doesn't understand how bad the eating situation is no matter how much I explain and tells me it's my fault because I don't lock him in the chair and let him get hungry enough. I've counted his caloric intake in one day and it never exceeds 1000 calories. He must be burning 3 times that by playing.
Please, some one tell me what's going on here! What the heck am I supposed to do?