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August 14th, 2008, 07:12 AM
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I am a new foster mom. We have a FS who is 16 months old. He weighs about 17 lbs, but is about 29-30inches tall. He eats very little. He gets 4 8 oz bottles of Pediasure each day. He will also eat very thin rice cereal and 1st and a very few 2nd baby foods. He won't eat much ever though. He has a very strong, quick gag. Anything even remotely thick or with texture makes him throw up. It isn't reflux. I honestly am not sure of everything he has been tested for. I have only been told that he has never been dxed with anything. The doctors all say this stems from neglect at an early age, but he has been in care for 11 months now and, though he has gained some weight it isn't significant.
He cannot get himself to a sitting position, crawl, walk or talk. He is receiving PT and OT now.
I am wondering about things I should ask if he has already been tested for?

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August 14th, 2008, 10:38 AM
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I would suggest asking your ped to refer you to a feeding clinic. They would be able to work with your son and teach him how to eat. I'd also ask for a modified barium swallow study to be done by the feeding team - it will show what happens when he swallows so perhaps they can figure out why he gags. This is different from a barrium swallow study done to diagnose reflux. The one for reflux is just done by a technician. The modified barrium swallow study is done with a team of experts present - speach patholgists, etc.
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August 31st, 2008, 10:53 PM
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Hi. We went through a lot of this with my now 2.5 year old. She was seeing a speech therapist for the feeding problems. Some things they did were: use a textured spoon (it was a spoon with a lot of bumps on one side), using a vibrating spoon, giving her some finger foods, letting her stick her fingers or a spoon in things like yogurt or stage 1 foods. I'm sure there's more but I'm 1-handed trying to get my 1 year old to sleep and that is all I can think of right now.
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