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I had a champion eater until he threw up the other day...now we can't even trick him into opening his mouth for food (the tricks work a couple times, then he catches on and can't be tricked anymore).

 

We've tried tempting him with his paci, tempting him with a sippy cup, playing music for him, getting him to laugh, lettign him feed himself..none of it works more than a few bites worth Now he purses his lips for anything, and if he does open it to laugh he sticks his tongue up at the top so you can't get the spoon in.

 

Matthew is 8 months...what tricks do you use, and at what point would we need to bring someone in to help (like an Occupational Therapist)? Would an OT even be able to help?

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My best suggestion is to remember that eating is more for practice at this age.  Trying not making it about eating for a few weeks.  Just give it to him, let him play, make it fun, get messy, eat in front of him, but just to do it, don't encourage him.  Eventually, he will take a little nibble again.  He will see right through all of your attempts to trick him and just become even more obstainant.  Just pretend that it isn't a big deal to eat and maybe he will come around.  Hang in there mama!  I know how hard it is when you want them to eat!  I hope he is feeling better.

I completely agree. We used to ignore Carter while he was sitting in the highchair with his food, when he hwss refusing food. If we paid attention to him, he would refuse to touch anything we put in front of him. But if I put him in his chair with some food while I empited the dishwasher or folded clothes, he was much more likely to take a nibble or two. It's frustrating, but its all part of the game. Good luck!

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