Monday, October 26, 2015
I went grocery shopping today and while I loaded up my cart with a bounty of produce, I couldn’t help but think about my two sensory sensitive boys that refuse to eat all vegetables. I shamefully thought about the years that have passed and how I still can’t get them to eat these healthy foods.
Outside of a forced nibble on a carrot, some hidden spinach in a few smoothies or juices with combined vegetable juice, my boys have victoriously won the battle of refusing to eat vegetables.
It makes me feel like a failure as a mother. Though realistically I know that most typical mothers aren’t dealing with strong sensory issues in their kids and there’s the obvious realization that I’ve had bigger battles to win over the years, I still feel disappointment in myself over what I’ve failed to accomplish.
Now my youngest is having stomach issues. Constipation and pain most days. Knowing that stomach issues are associated with autism spectrum disorders, I’ve started the process of working with our doctor to figure out how to help him.
One day when his stomach was hurting bad, he admitted Googling WebMD to research his stomach issues. It was there that he learned that he needed to drink coconut water and eat rice and bananas.
My 10 year old went to WebMD!!!!
Every night he asks for prayers for the doctors to figure out what is wrong with his stomach and that his stomach will feel better soon.
But I still can’t get him to eat those leafy greens.
On the flip side, my middle son asks to make salads as a midday snack.
I just don’t know what to do. It’s hard to sneak this produce into their meals since they know that there’s a taste, color or texture difference they object to.
I can’t force them, that leads to them throwing up onto their plate.
I keep hoping that making the healthy foods available and asking them to try, that in time they will start to give these foods a chance, maybe even develop a palate for them. But so far, that’s not working either.
So tell me moms and dads of sensory challenged kids, what has worked for you?