Poor eating

Hi everybody, I’m new to all this and this is my first time writing on anywhere like this! 
so I have a 3 year old, Archie, he’s on the asd assessment process. He has many issues and many quirky little ways about him, but the one that easily causes me the most stress and worry is his lack of eating! He just will not eat anything that I call meal foods, it’s all about the snack food for him, complete refusal to try anything new at all, I’m at my wits end with it. I give him vitamins to at least try and get some goodness into him. Iv been told before to keep cooking him his meals and he will eat when he’s hungry, my thing is, he doesn’t, he can be starving and still not eat! He gags on anything soft. 
so I guess the point to my post is, what do others do? Do I just give him what he likes so at least he eats something, while offering new foods in small amounts or do I do as iv been told and carry on cooking his meals and hope one day he eat at least a mouthful? 

Parents
  • Hello, I had similar expereinces as a young child as I was unable to explain why I found some food textures hard to deal with and was fed on Carnation milk as this was the one thing I would drink. It is a difficult situation and even more as a child and not being able to explain what the issue is with food. Offering small amounts of new foods is a good idea and I hope this helps. I still struggle as an adult but have found foods I am happy with and are healthy so please do keep trying, it just takes time to find the food items that Archie will eat.

  • Thank you so much for your reply, it’s really good to hear from people who have been through the same thing, especially themselves, helps me to see it through Archie’s eyes a little bit. 

Reply Children
  • Hello, I have been thinking a lot about my own childhood food issues and remember my grandmother serving mashed potatoes as one dish I would eat but she made a game of it by making faces in the mash which we then added gravy to. I wish I could do more but it is so difficult even as an adult to explain to people.