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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
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Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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My son is on the spectrum, and doesnt eat very well. We try

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My son is on the spectrum, and doesnt eat very well. We try very hard, but it hasnt been a successful battle. He doesnt eat anything "bad", jut not very nutritional, like rice, bread, cheese, and lately we have got him drinking apple juice. But eats no fruit or vegetables (except potatoes), a tiny bit of chicken, and some bacon.He is not growing very well as a result. We have tried getting vitamins into him, but he seems to have ultra-high sensitivity to taste, and can always tell if anything is not "plain" tasting.If you have any ideas on how to get more nutrition into him, then I am all ears. In the meantime I was thinking about trying to at least get more calories into him (if you thinks thats wise), and what form of calories would be best? Presumably stay away from refined sugars, I was thinking calories in juice, butter, bacon, cheese, as these are about all the food he eats that is high in calories. Any ideas would be very appreciated.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 8 months ago.

Hi, Sorry about this feeding issue. Please try to give him things he like as munching between regular breakfast and meal times, say every 2 hours or so.

You could also add cane sugar to dishes, juices and some oil or butter to other regular food items. Egg with yolk also help.

For real growth you may have to wait few years, till his pre-puberty spurt.

Good luck to him.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
But cane sugar? Surely that cant be good?
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 8 months ago.

If you can watch his dental hygiene well by regular brushing etc, it is good for calories.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
But bad for diabetes. Surely at least alternatives like less refined sugars such as coconut sugar should be better?
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 8 months ago.

Yes and Jaggary (brown sugar).

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
why would you choose sugar over fat? Wouldnt butter, or even coconut or olive oil, be a more nutritional caloric intake?
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 8 months ago.
More yes, but for variety, use of cane sugar ok in children in families with not many diabetics.