Good Morning and Happy Hump Day?
One topic I have wanted to share with you is about children with Autism and eating issues. When I started researching for this post I noticed way more articles about children “NOT EATING”. The issue I have with Chloe is that she wants to eat ALL DAY LONG!! Right now, while I am typing this, she is yelling “Supper”!! She just had a filling snack and we have 2 1/2 hours until supper.
One thing you will read is to keep your family on an eating schedule. Oh we are. We have breakfast by 730-800 am, Lunch between 11-12. and Supper is at 5. Snacks are in the middle of those times and she gets a small snack before bed. So how is Chloe hungry all day? I started researching and this is what I found.
I first read that food is for comfort. Ok I understand that from my own food issues and I can see that if Chloe is having a tough day. Then I read it could be from sensory issues. That made sense because to have food in her mouth probably feels good. She is a food stuffer. That means she eats large bites of food and fills her mouth up when eating. I have worked on this for years. Most of what I found was geared toward children who didnt eat. Oh boy the research continues….
I started looking up disorders that children had where they couldn’t stop eating. I found Prader-Willi Syndrome. A key feature of this disorder is a constant sense of hunger. Once we see a specialist I will see if this is a possibiblity. Here are a few things I am trying to do to help her feel full.
Not a lot of carby snacks. I don’t buy crackery snacks every week.
Offer more vegetables or sometimes fruit at meals.
Get her to drink more. Fill her up with water.
Keep her busy
I struggle with her on certain foods. She loves noodles and will eat them until she pops. I know they can be filling, but I don’t want her consuming so many carbs. She will eat chicken breast now and I give her extra at that meal. Food battles are so common with children with special needs. Somedays I just don’t know what to do. Just don’t give in, especially if they just ate and you know they are not hungry. Offer them a glass of water. Hopefully once she starts seeing her new therapists in October we will get some answers. If you have any advice please share.