Wednesday, April 25, 2012
One of the most exciting developments in our household as of late is this boys appetite. Getting him to start solids has been a major issue for the last YEAR. He wasn't interested at 4 months, put it off till 6 months...still not interested. Finally, at ONE YEAR I had had it. And then I got patient again. And then at 15 months I asked the Dr. "What is wrong here?"
She diagnosed him with "oral aversion" and gave me a referral for speech/occupational therapy. I showed up for that appointment with a mixture of excitement and relief that finally we were putting this chapter and struggle behind us. The appointment turned out to be anti-climactic. They tried to feed him, he tried a little, and acted as he normally does. They seemed to be grasping at possible ideas that I'd already tried myself. Their conclusions were less than helpful. Don't be anxious! He can read your emotions! Scream and act excited every time he takes a bite! Um, okay?
They seemed to struggle the whole time we had our appointment to think of any solution. But it didn't take them long to want some money. Two days later we get the bill. Over $400! For less than 1/2 hour of their time! Which they spent most of hemming and hawing and not giving any scientific strategies. Gah! The insurance got the amount down a little...so we paid $340. I'm not impressed. Especially because their treatment plan included weekly visits at the same price point. Um, no.
I felt stuck. Couldn't afford their services. Want my kid to eat. The good news is that he is very good at nursing and getting the nutrition he needs from it (he's always been at the top of the growth charts). Sometimes that is the bad news too...One word: Blisters! Even if you haven't breastfed maybe you can imagine.
But...back to the end of the story. The last 2 weeks he has decided to eat! He's trying lots of different foods--swallowing some and depositing some in his cheeks for later. It's been cute and exciting to watch! We'll keep you updated on any further developments (like if he decides to start chewing the food :)!