Tuesday, May 8, 2012


This little Buddy has become an incredible screecher!!

It's downright nauseating. Nearly splits my head open.

It happens a lot at meals. You can't feed him fast enough, but he hates everything except sweet.

He screeches for you to feed him. (I'm desperately trying not to reward this behavior but good grief, it's not easy when he won't stop screeching for half a second.) Then I bring the food to his mouth and spits it out ferociously. I expect it. What I don't expect is for him to fling the spoon from my hand at the next bite!! It goes flying against the wall. Milk and porridge dripping. I play airplanes, I distract him. I sneak in a spoonful. He eats it, and I 'm on a roll. I get about 5 bites and the shrieking starts again. He spits, he pushes me away. He wants milk and only milk will do... unless you have some sweet blueberry yogurt. He signs "all-done" over and over. And he's kept about 5 bites altogether.

He will eat applesauce and he will eat sweet yogurt. He might even eat a blended fruit, but forget veggies and forget cereal and anything with any kind of texture, though, he'll eat crackers and baby cookies which lack any kind of nutrition.

It's exhausting.

It's not like I didn't have a screamer way back when the girls were little, but I could at least feed her.
I started putting him in his bed for shrieking. If he wants to let out blood curdling, ear splitting screams he can do it from his bed.  As soon as he stops I bring him out. It worked for touching things that were not supposed to be touched, I sure hope it works for this.


Sophie said...

My babies loved sweet potatoes.

I also mixed veggies into the fruits to make them a bit sweet.

No other suggestions. You have probably tried all this anyway. Good luck. :)

La Tea Dah said...

I've been making fruit smoothies with gf cooked oatmeal blended in. They are quite delicious --- and maybe he would eat them. You know --- the mom trick of hiding the healthy stuff in what a child might eat? Sometimes I still do that (my boys are all grown up!).

schnitzelbank said...

I dip my fussy's spoon in the veggies, then a little dip of applesauce.... goes down just fine! :)

Betsy said...

Sorry about your screamer/screecher!
That brings back memories, because we had one of those. He is now 18 years old, 6"2", and I haven't heard him screech in a long long time!