Working Around Your Medically Complex Child's Oral Aversions

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Oral aversions in your medically complex child are not easy to deal with. Not only can nutritional issues occur but other problems can arise as well. It’s important to remember that improvement is possible but it will take time.

There are a few devices that may help your child’s oral aversion. One of them is the Chewy Tube. This is a chew toy that helps to establish the chewing muscles. The tool features holes that can be filled with purees to give your child an incentive to nibble the toy. Dipping sauces are also recommended if that is more in line with your child’s liking. Another possible aid is the Nuk Massager Brush that utilizes a textured surface to stimulate sensory exploration. This can help your child eat better as well as being an introduction to tooth brushes, to get them used to the feeling of the brush in their mouth. The Nuk Brush can also be used as a baby spoon or as a teething device. Dipping the brush in foods can help encourage your child to engage with it. The Mesh Rattle is another option to consider. It can be filled with your child’s favorite vegetables or fruits, and then they suck through the openings without getting big bites of food. Children with sensory issues may find the mesh texture to be off-putting, so keep this in mind. This device is helpful to have your child sample new flavors but is difficult to sanitize. Finding the right tool for your child can make a world of difference.

Premature birth which results in the child experiencing an extended intubation period can cause them to develop an oral aversion. Children who suffer from autism spectrum disorders can be especially sensitive to colors, tastes, smells, and textures of foods, ultimately reducing the foods they are interested in eating. This picky eating can result in nutritional deficiencies that can compromise your child’s oral health. Low levels of both vitamins A and C can cause an increase in gum bleeding and subpar healing. Deficiency in vitamin D can make your child’s teeth soft, and this could drive them away from hard foods. The dependence on soft foods will lead to more food sticking to their teeth as compared to when a diet is composed of both soft and hard foods. This coupled with poor dental care can cause lots of problems. Oral aversion can hinder the ability to tolerate toothbrushes and flossing, so inadequate oral hygiene can arise. To combat the infliction, sedation or general anesthesia may be necessary when at the dentist’s office. This will allow your child to receive proper dental care without experiencing any emotional anguish.

To help work around your medically complex child’s oral aversion, RSVP Home Care can provide some assistance. The professionals that work there understand the difficulties of providing care to medically complex children, but they can help make the process easier. Our main priority is supplying excellent customer service no matter the time. They are available for calls 24 hours a day. RSVP Home Care is located in Covington, Kentucky and provides service to Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.