None of these issues alone explains Naomi not eating and growing well but together they start to paint a picture. A picture that says eating is painful, eating is uncomfortable, eating is scary, eating is exhausting. While still very young Naomi learned that for her all these things were true. Most children learn that eating feels good, eating is fun, eating is exciting, eating gives me energy. Eating is not instinctual (sucking is, but not eating). Most kids learn that eating is good because as a newborn they cry because they are hungry (don't feel good), something is stuck in their mouth, they suck, they get food and their hunger is satisfied. They feel much better, eating is good. However when they feel worse after eating or something scary happens while they eat (choking and gagging, struggling to breathe) they learn that eating is bad. So in a nutshell Naomi learned that eating is bad and now we struggle with teaching her that eating can be good.
|Participating in Birthday's with cousins and her favorite princess on the cake helps teach that eating is good.|