My two year old fell the other day and hurt his lip and 3 teeth. It was pretty awful and besides taking care of his injuries, I also had to make sure my child ate. 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. He wouldn’t use a straw to drink so I was used 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. What are some of the things I did to help him? Read on. How to Feed a Child with a Mouth Injury
How to feed a child with a mouth injury
Recently my child fell and injured his mouth and teeth — see this post. This post is about how we fed him afterwards. 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. Cold to room temperature liquids are best — nothing hot as it may aggravate their lips and teeth.
Ideas on How to Get Nutrition Into Your Child
- Use a medicine syringe (10 ML at least) to give your child liquids or heavily pureed foods if they cannot use a straw). You can either purchase this or ask the pharmacist if they can give you one.
2. Pedisure/pediatric nutrition drinks
3. Pouch Baby Food/Jarred Baby Food
4. Use a good blender. Take some pediasure, yogurt, fruit (frozen or fresh), kale or spinach (for fiber), flax seed, chia seed (to add protein) and blend. Or use milk and a protein shake mix for kids.
Here are some healthy smoothie ideas:
As your child starts to feel better, you can introduce soft foods like bananas, broken up 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?