Why doesn’t my child eat vegetables now?
A: In a healthy young baby, their sensory and cognitive systems tell them that they are hungry to eat. Information on how a food feels or tastes is not registered at this stage. As a child moves towards the age of 2 their sensory and cognitive systems start to develop and children become more aware of food. Food not only satisfies hunger, but is something that has taste, texture, temperature and smell. Depending on how the child processes this information will determine whether or not they choose to eat the food. If a child has a heightened sensory system they may dislike the lumpy texture of the food in their mouth or its bitter taste. This is commonly why babies who used to eat everything become toddlers who are very fussy.
What can I do to get my child to eat?
A: As hard as this might seem – stay calm. Try not to let meal times turn into a battle. Try to set up a routine around meal time. Try to keep the environment as calm as possible - TV off, everyone sitting at the table. Ensure your child is seated in an appropriate chair.
Try putting smaller amounts of food on the plate and top up half way through if necessary. Focus on the positives, not the negatives. eg "Great chewing up that carrot" "You had 5 bites of steak tonight- way to go!". Set a challenge "Who will eat their peas the fastest?". Use directive language instead of questioning language "You can have 2 bites of your sandwich" vs "Can you have 2 bites of your sandwich?".
Allow your child to touch and play with food even if they choose not to eat it. Children learn through play. Allow your child to get messy.
My baby has a tongue tie. Does it need to be snipped?
A: If it is affecting feeding or control of food in the mouth we recommend you seek further advice.
My baby coughs and chokes when eating – what does that mean?
A: Coughing and choking during meal times can be a sign of swallowing difficulties and should be investigated immediately.
Do I need a referral to attend your clinic?
A: No. A referral is not necessary, however you can check with your GP if you are eligible for a care plan. This may entitle you to a rebate from Medicare.
Can I use my private health insurance?
A: Yes you can. To find out how much you will be rebated, give your health fund a call.
How many sessions will I need?
A: You will be booked in for an initial assessment and a treatment plan will be discussed with you.