Children with Down syndrome can be just as fussy as any other child when it comes to food. Some young babies will want to drink milk only and are not interested in solids. Some toddlers only want to eat “mushy” food with no texture. Some children will want to eat the same thing every day for months.
While all of these things can be issues for parents, as long as the child is happy and healthy most nutritionists would advise that you keep offering new foods and eventually they will be accepted. Most teenagers with Down syndrome eat a wide range of foods.
Articles and Information
Supporting feeding and oral development in young children – booklet to download at www.downsyndrome.ie/
Ernsperger, Lori and Tania Stegen-Hanson Just Take A Bite : Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges
Fraker, Cheryl et al. Food Chaining: The Proven 6 Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child’s Diet
Medical and Surgical Care for Children with Down Syndrome
Medlen, Joan E. The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook
Sanderson, Sheri Incredible Edible – Gluten-Free Food for Kids