Friday, January 14, 2011

Autism and Feeding

The last post made me think about how hard it was to get Dominoe to eat as a baby. And how scarey it was. She went six weeks as a new born without gaining any weight.

Finally one of the nurses at the health unit where I lived at the time sat with me to talk intensely about it. Of course I didn't realize what she was doing at the time. She did know, because they were there, I had two older boys so she started to ask questions.

I happened to mention how puzzled I was that she could go so long without eating. That got the nurse's attention. I described how Dominoe could go 6 to 8 hours without waking up and even then was not really interested. I had never had that problem before.

Together we devised a plan that I was going to stick a bottle in her mouth every four hours if she woke up. But I would do it anyway at five hours. Well that helped. She never gained weight like crazy until she was much older but she did start to gain.

Even now when she is sick I might have to hand feed her. She will just sort of stop eating. what brought this up was trying to convince the provider to give her acetominophen. I thought the story might help someone else...

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