How to Feed a Child with a Mouth Injury #toddlers
My two year old fell the other day (see this post) and hurt his lip and 3 teeth. So my little picky eater has had an even tougher time. His bottom lip has stitches and his top teeth has trauma (one went up into his mouth). So, I’ve had to get creative. I was using a 1 teaspoon (5ML) medicine syringe. As you can imagine, giving him a bottle of Pediasure took a long time. I was afraid he’d get dehydrated, so I was also making sure he drank water that way. I was also able to feed him smooth oatmeal (which I either put in the Vitamix or used the pureed pouch kind). He also ate yogurt (Chobani’s Honey Nana flavor) that way.
If you are looking to give nutrition to your child after a lip/mouth/teeth injury, here are some ideas. Please note I am not a doctor or nutritionist, just a mom with a kid that wouldn’t eat after an injury.
1. Pedisure/pediatric nutrition drinks
2. Pouch Baby Food/Jarred Baby Food
3. Blending! Take some pediasure, yogurt, fruit (frozen or fresh), kale or spinach (for fiber), flax seed, chia seed (to add protein) and blend.
As your child starts to feel better, you can introduce soft foods like bananas, muffins, scrambled eggs, oatmeal with blueberries, yogurt…etc.. It took my son 5 days to even let me feed him yogurt and one more day to drink from a straw.
Did this ever happen to your child? What did you feed them?