Or lack of…
Lamb’s eating is terrible and has been for such a long time. We’ve kind of got used to it now, although it still pains me to watch him cry when anyone puts food in front of him.
We often ask ourselves, how is he surviving? We called our health visitor a number of times when he was younger and no one seemed to take us seriously. They would just say things like “put what food you want him to eat in front of him and if he doesn’t eat it then don’t offer him anything else”. It didn’t work.
Deep down I knew there was more to it than him being a ‘fussy eater’. He has a genuine problem. A fear. An anxiety. I’ve read about Selective Eating Disorder and I think that’s what Lamb has. According to the article you are born with it, so parents mustn’t blame themselves – easier said than done!
If you think you have a fussy eater, then try having one who lives off plain crackers. That’s all I can get him to eat most days. I can probably count on both hands the types of food he will eat.
He doesn’t eat at nursery, he doesn’t eat at Grandmas (apart from plain bread and crackers, and if we’re lucky a satsuma or an apple). Nursery give him what everyone else is eating and he will just sit in silence looking down at his knees. Then they will offer him plain bread and he happily accepts. He’s a cheeky one though, he will eat the pudding! He has a sweet tooth and loves anything sugary. Typical.
He’s now 3 years old and we need to sort this out. Surely there is someone out there who can help us get him to try new foods? He won’t even let me butter his bread!
Well, after a chat with my new Health Visitor who came over to discuss baby number 2, she agreed to refer him to specialist workshops. I was told about these by my neighbour so I mentioned them when she asked about Lambs health. The HV was super sympathetic about our situation and suggested we refer him to our local walk in centre that has workshops for all kinds of behavioural issues, one being eating problems. She thinks he is the perfect age to attend and I’m more than happy to take this next step in improving his eating habits.
Unfortunately as she hasn’t met him she can’t refer him just yet, but as soon as baby number 2 arrives and she gets to meet my little bubba, she will refer him to the workshops.
I have everything crossed they will help. If I’m honest, I’m not getting my hopes up, but I’m willing to try anything.
I’ll keep you posted.