By Brenda Legge

Checking out that your baby has Asperger's Syndrome or Autism could be devastating sufficient, but if you find that she or he will not consume 99.9 in step with cent of all foods and drinks within the identified universe, the thrill rather starts off. This used to be the placement the writer came upon herself in a decade in the past whilst her son first took a dislike to exploit, after which to nearly any other substance she tried to feed him. Her booklet was once written to reassure different mom and dad that there are various humans available in the market within the similar boat, and to indicate sensible tools of facing the matter. in addition to drawing on her personal adventure, the writer has spoken to folks, teenagers, and execs with first-hand wisdom of nutritional problems, and their recommendation and reviews shape a key a part of the publication.

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Changes may include switching formulas or nipples abruptly…and introducing solid foods too early. 131) I BLAME THE PARENTS Harry and his dad, in the days when a dummy was one of the few things he’d put in his mouth. 45 46 CAN’T EAT, WON’T EAT On the other hand, if changes hadn’t been made, the chances are you’d have a severely malnourished and possibly dehydrated baby on your hands. Technically, this is what’s known as a ‘no-win’ situation. Weaning There is a lot of confusion concerning the best age to introduce solid foods, but it’s a pretty safe bet that most of us have started the process too early or too late to satisfy the purists.

Parents invariably worry if their children won’t eat, but many children simply can’t see what we’re fussing about. When Harry was questioned by a health professional about the consequences of not eating, he coolly replied that he would ‘get hungry’. He couldn’t comprehend that there might also be a health risk involved. 36). However, it’s essential to keep up fluid intake – we would all only survive a matter of hours without water. Exploit their interests If your son or daughter likes Thomas the Tank Engine, Pokemon characters or Postman Pat, experts may assume that your child will eat any foodstuffs in the shape of their favourite character.

Fruit too is enjoying a revival. Harry currently likes segments of orange, pieces of pear (William and Conference), slices of apple and green seedless grapes. So far I have not been able to tempt him to try this combination in a fruit salad, but that will be the next step. Unfortunately, I am still unable to pack fruit in his school lunchbox. Lunchtime staff haven’t the time to peel and pare fruit and if I pack, for example, apple slices in a storage container with lemon juice to 30 CAN’T EAT, WON’T EAT keep them fresh, the subtly different taste is enough to render them inedible.

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