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I've got a year-old with eating problems. though, it sounds like she has a bit more going on than yours ... my daughter didn't eat from birth and had a feeding tube. but now, we go to occupational therapy once a week to get her to eat. we're also signed up to go to the Children's Feeding Clinic where a team of people (therapist, psychologist, peditrition, gastro) try to figure out what's going on. Do you have something like that in your area?
Here are some of the things we do to help desensitize her and help her eat better. It's been slow going, but I think that's how these things are ...
We have a HUGE container of dry rice that she plays in. we pour it on her head and all over her body. it's fun for her because it's just like sand. she loves it.
we have a giggling toy, called the jiggler, that she plays with wand sucks on. she loves it.
she wouldn't even let us put a spoon in her mouth! so we have to desensitize her mouth. we use this baby toothbrush and put it on her tounge and on the sides of her mouth. just to get her used to having stuff in there (like food). when she lets us feed her and she's doing well, we try to put food in the sides of her mouth so she has to use her tounge to move it over to the center to chew. helps her develop muscles.
the ot also has us swing her before she eats. i guess it relaxes her.
the ot also said to stay away from multi textured foods (like rice with veggies). just stick to one texture at a time.
i've also heard that eating goes along with talking. so, if you get her to eat more, she may learn to talk more.
hope this is helpful. hang in there!