There is a wide variety of food available for children who will only eat soft food. Although these children sometimes need supplemental drinks for part of their caloric needs, many foods can be made soft so that your child accepts it.
When planning your child's diet, consider offering a different
consistency for a few minutes at the end of each meal. This works
especially well if your child is just learning to chew harder textures
or takes a long time to eat a whole meal of crunchy or chewy foods.
This must be individualized though. If your child will vomit at the
sight/smell or feel of a food he is averse to or if it isn't safe for
him to eat other textures, leave it to the professionals until your
little one is ready.
A multivitamin is usually recommended for children who only eat soft food to ensure they are getting adequate nutrients.
Many times children with tactile defensiveness who will accept this type of food will also take pureed foods. If this is the case, you are luckier than many parents! See the article above and read the suggestions below to give your child a balanced diet.
Below are a few suggestions from each food group for foods you can feed your child.
FRUIT: Bananas, soft peaches (no skin), pears (no skin), canned fruit, oranges, grapes, pineapple chunks, plums, berries
VEGETABLES: Cooked carrots, cooked squash, cooked broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, cooked peppers, eggplant, spaghetti squash, zucchini
MEAT/PROTEIN: Chicken, cold cut turkey, cold cut ham, tuna fish, chicken nuggets, pork, meatloaf, hamburgers, meatballs, tofu, beans
STARCHES: Pasta, french fries. potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, bread
To add calories to this consistency of food, fats such as butter, oil, and cream can be added while cooking or right after.
Butter and oil can be added to vegetables and starches. Spreads, sour cream and cheeses can be put on bread and potatoes, and whipped cream or half and half can be added to canned or fresh fruit.
If you need help with meal plans for your child with tactile defensiveness or would like to have him assessed for nutrition related issues, make an appointment with us.