Cookies to teach chewing??

Eleanor has food texture issues. She only eats pureed foods so far. She can take very little texture in her pureed foods before gagging. One issue is that she doesnt chew. She’s never done that motion & I dont think she gets how or why to do it so far.

Well yesterday we decided to try something new- an Oreo cookie! She LOVED it! She would bite little bits off (progress!) & even made the chewing motion a few times with little pieces in her mouth (HUGE progress!) without gagging!

Could Oreo cookies be the gateway food to help Eleanor learn chewing & move on to solids?!! 🤔 This will also teach her self-feeding, which she hasnt been able to do much of yet.

Published by Faithforeleanor

This is a blog for those who would like to follow our miracle girl, Eleanor Faith. Eleanor’s primary (but not only) diagnoses are: 1. Schizencephaly (2nd rarest brain malformation- missing 2/3 of her brain) 2. A large brain cyst 3. No Corpus Collosum (the band of nerves connecting left & right hemispheres of the brain so that they work together- vital for anything requiring coordination- ie holding anything with both hands, walking, etc etc) 4. Hydrocephalus (water on the brain) 5. Bilateral Anophthalmia (no eye balls- completely blind) 6. Septo optic dysplasia (no optic nerves & etc) She was also diagnosed with Holoprosencephaly (another rare brain malformation where the left and right hemispheres of the brain failed to divide in utero), but this diagnosis has been removed from her medical file because of brain growth & development that occurred after she was 4 mo old. At this time, her brain also miraculously grew from less than 1/3 of a brain to almost an entire brain (with only tiny portion still missing). She has also developed about 1/3 of her Corpus Collosum (previously she had none). Around 8mo old, she also developed secondary Craniosynostosis (all of her skull sutures fused prematurely) due to medical malpractice by her surgeon. This caused her head to be misshapen & she required a craniotomy to allow room for her brain growth. Eleanor was not expected to survive birth, but at 2 years old, she is thriving, happy, & filled with spunk! She was fearfully & wonderfully made by God. Eleanor is loved & adored by her family just as she is. 😍 You are invited to follow her journey!

2 thoughts on “Cookies to teach chewing??

  1. She’s pretty! God bless your family and give you all the patience and wisdom to take care of this precious gift. 😘😘😘


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