Our pantry has all safe foods. Our freezer has coconut ice cream. I bake safe breads, cookies and cakes weekly so he is never limited to what he can have. Yet, with all these measures he is scared of food.
Last night I made a milk/soy/egg/nut free broccoli risotto that was out of this world delicious! My 14 month old devoured three bowls of it. But as soon as I asked Aiden to try a little he broke down. I didn't even put the fork near his mouth because I know if I did, he would have one of his episodes. We learned the hard way not to trick him into trying something new. You know, pretend you're putting a chicken nugget in his mouth but really it's guacamole. We did that a few times and it took us hours to calm him down. At times he would start hitting his mouth. Rub his tongue on his shirt as if he's having an allergic reaction. Walk around with his mouth open crying. It's really heart breaking. We know guacamole is safe for him. He use to eat it daily but then he just stopped. Same thing goes for so many other foods. Even simple foods. He's even scared of fruit. I know kids are smarter than we give them credit for, but I'm really worried. I thought this would get easier with time and yes, there are things that did get easier, but so much of it became harder.
I'm hoping with age, he will learn to trust us and start trying new foods.
I can't be any more in love ...