Once upon a time ...
I love, love, love happy endings!! This is not "a full one" yet but I'm so excited I had to share anyway :)
I'm bringing you Bella's story with permission from her mother. It's just so exciting so far and we're hoping that in a few weeks we can bring you another installment.
Bella has been really challenged when it comes to eating right from the very start. For example as a baby she was OK with pureed pear but refused apple.
As she got older her extreme anxiety around food has not improved and at 10 she is still stuck with the same safe foods. This also means that socially she is finding a lot of things difficult.
Bella has been to the GP, the Pediatrician and been sent to a psychologist by the hospital but she is still beset by food fears.
I spoke with her mother and thought that there were some little hopeful glimpses in among the gloom and doom and that perhaps we could work together to support Bella to eat more widely.
Bella's mother is amazing and intuitive and creative and has been able to introduce some variations to Bella's food. This may not seem like a big step but for children with extreme eating issues any change at all is a) monumentally difficult and b) a really, really exciting development.
Mash potato was morphed into scalloped potatoes. A food that is not normally put on pizza was added. And, onion is not great and still probably to be avoided for a while but it's no longer "melt-down" scary. Yippee.
Bella has also made two totally new versions of foods she would normally be OK with and been able to eat happily.
We can't wait to see what 6 weeks of holidays will bring ....
(* name changed for privacy)