I wrote a post at the beginning of the month about Lucas's weaning issues.
I came up with a plan for stage one for Lucas, to help him become accustomed to normal food instead of just gagging and projectile vomiting everything up.
The plan was:
Stage 1 - Back To Basics
- Three Meals A Day - Things Lucas will eat without Gagging such as Baby Porridge, Fruit pots, Yoghurts, Stage 1 Baby Jars and other pureed foods.
- Offer water frequently - Eventually he has to give up and drink it right?
- Bottles of milk as needed - If Lucas is eating three meals a day, 2-3 9oz bottles should be sufficient.
- Sit with family at the table for meal times - This is whether Lucas eats with us or not. I will be putting his rusks and Organix Carrot Sticks out for him in a bid to get him holding his own snacks again.
We have only had one episode of projectile vomiting due to food and that was when Lucas found a lump in his porridge. Lucas is now drinking 2 9oz bottles of formula a day, 1 9oz bottle of full fat milk a day, plus around 9oz of cooled boiled water. I am not boiling the water first because of germs, I am doing it because he likes room temperature, slightly warm water.
I haven't kept Lucas solely on the foods mentioned above. I have tried other foods. I tried him again on Ready Brek, this did not go down well, he had one mouthful, gagged and refused to try anymore. I even tried him on mushed up Weetabix as his brother really loved this when he was a baby. Lucas was not impressed, only ate a few mouthfuls, gagged and refused anymore.
I also spent a lot of money on Annabel Karmel stage 2 pouches for Lucas, as they promised to be slightly textured, rather than the lumpy stuff you get from other stage two baby foods. I tried Lucas on the Moroccan Chicken meal. It was slightly textured which I thought would be perfect. Lucas liked the taste but again, not the texture. He looked at me like I had put something nasty in his mouth! He refused it after a few mouthfuls but did not gag! This really surprised me. It was a good sign. I will be trying more of them to see if we can find one he likes.
Lucas has also managed to eat small bites of other food without problems. We have tried white chocolate buttons, grated mozarella cheese, small pieces of corned beef hash (after he grabbed my sandwich off my plate), rice (a few grains at a time), small chunks of banana, small chunks of pitta bread and small chunks of cucumber. He even quite happily munched his way though a milky way the other day.
My health visitor has suggested to try him on bigger portions of food that he has to chew. He has no problem with chewing, he has problems with texture! She also suggested try him on toast, I do not think this is a good idea. Toast can easily get stuck to the roof of the mouth, I believe this would make him gag even more.
My theory is, if I try him on as many different foods with different textures, in small pieces, hopefully he will not gag. Therefore he will get used to the taste/texture and know that these are 'safe foods' hopefully limiting the gag reflex when bigger pieces of food are introduced.
So the plan is for now, to keep up with the foods I know he will not have a problem eating. In addition to that I will keep introducing small portions of different types of food, it seems to be working for now.
Fingers crossed when I next write a post about his weaning, we will have made even more progress.