Most youngsters are choosy eaters from time to time, however for Sandra’s son Michael, he’s afraid of almost every food imaginable.
Ever since Michael was a child, his mom had hassle getting him to eat. Doctors advised his mom that issues would enhance as he acquired older, however he’s now 9 years previous and can solely eat 5 totally different meals, Cheez-It crackers, Gold Fish crackers, Doritos chips, Cheetos and Lay’s potato chips.
His mom could be very involved about how the shortage of nutrition and vitamins might be affecting his health. She tells The Doctors that she’s tried every little thing in an effort to make him eat a extra numerous vary of meals together with video games, remedy, counseling and even hypnosis.
“My greatest fear is my son dying of diabetes or heart failure and I couldn’t live with that,” she shares, explaining that his worry of meals is so intense it causes him to vomit, gag, run away, makes his pulse race and lowers his oxygen consumption. After exhausting each choice – together with not feeding him and spanking – Sandra resorts to permitting him to eat the 5 meals he’ll eat in order that he’ll no less than be consuming one thing.
In an effort to assist Michael and his mother, we now have him work with psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow, who used cognitive behavioral remedy with him. He was additionally capable of decide that Michael is a supertaster, someone who experiences the sense of taste with a more intensity than most people, and sometimes has an elevated sensitivity to bitter tastes.
During his work with Dr. Dow, Michael reveals the odor and sight of most meals upset him and he turns into very anxious when new varieties of meals are introduced to him. During the session, he has hassle expressing himself, which Dr. Dow believes might be related to meals aversions.
Due to the severity of Michael’s meals issues, The Doctors additionally enlisted the assistance of Dr. Peter A. Girolami and Dr. Eric Levey from the Kennedy Krieger Institute – one the nation’s greatest pediatric feeding dysfunction packages – who shock Michael and his mom with a attainable life-changing supply. Find out extra in the video below !