It has been a *very* long time since I've been here (about 2 years). So sorry to barge in like this, but I'm running out of ideas.
DS, who just turned 3, is having issues with eating. As an infant we never had the slightest problem, he was great and ate everything. Fruit, vegetables, cereal, you name it. The transition to solid food wasn't terrible, but slow. We were going right along until one day...he just decided to stop. He no longer wanted most things, any vegetables or fruits are now out of the question. He will only eat a pb&j on occasion. He doesn't even like CANDY! He won't eat chocolate, or any other sweets. It got to where I was letting him eat chicken nuggets a lot because it's all he would eat (now sometimes he won't even eat them). I don't like doing that, it's not good for him and it's getting expensive for us. But usually things he will eat, are carbs...bread, pancakes, bread sticks.
The worst part is that not only will he not eat most things, but even if I present him something, say a halved strawberry, he will gag by even touching it. The stranger thing? He still puts random stuff in his mouth. That's the biggest thing that I don't get, the stuff that he picks up off the flood doesn't make him gag? We made progress today, as he tore apart a banana and fed it to me. He even put his mouth on it, but as soon as some of it got in his mouth he started to gag. Baby steps
We have met with a child psychologist who specialized in getting children to eat...after meeting with him and trying some things DS didn't eat for 2 days! I have been a part of programs that can't figure out what's going on, and for some reason my pediatrician doesn't seem concerned at all! The only thing I haven't tried (much to the dismay of several family members) is basically starving him until he eats.
In the back of my mind I blame my mother, who got some sick pleasure out of feeding him things that she knew he would make faces and gag...olives, lemons. I'm no longer even speaking to her...she knows the issue I have and she made it worse.
The amount of foods he will eat decreases almost daily. I am doing all that I can to get the nutrition that I know he needs in him any way that I can, but it's getting harder. I haven't found any other children like DS, and I'm running out of ideas. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciate!