Solving the Oral Aversion Problem
Oral aversion is the fear or anxiety that a person develops when they are around someone who is spitting or talking in their mouth. It’s also called gag reflex. There are many causes for this condition. Most often it is caused by poor oral hygiene. Here are some ways to overcome oral aversion:
o Lack of experience: If you have never had ODD, it is normal to have an aversion to eating in the face of people who are eating. This means that the person has not had regular experiences where they were exposed to eating and talking. In this situation, the person finds the idea of eating in front of other people disturbing. The best thing to do in these situations is to start small and work your way up to bigger steps.
o Lack of comfort: You can overcome your oral aversion if you start desensitizing yourself to the taste of the breast milk or formula that you are used to. This is very important for breastfeeding mothers. They usually find it uncomfortable to begin feeding their babies with formula because they haven’t developed a comfort level with it yet. There are many products out there that can help you get used to the taste of your baby’s milk or formula quickly. You will be able to establish a long-term bond with your infant feeding preparations.
o Poor growth: You can also overcome your oral aversion to eating by developing a poor growth habit. This means that you are desensitizing yourself to the taste of something in front of you as you are trying to get it to come down your throat. For instance, when trying to feed your baby with formula, make sure that you are sitting on the toilet with your back straight. By doing this, you are putting yourself into a poor growth position where you are likely to pull away from the spoon and then gag.
o Feeding experiences: Another possible reason why your infants have poor feeding experiences is because they are not exposed to enough positive experiences during their first year of life. If you are a breastfeeding mother, it is crucial that you provide your infant with plenty of experiences where he or she can actively interact with you. This means that you should take your infant for frequent and quality breastfeeding and establish a constant and ongoing bonding with your child. Many times, mothers are unable to overcome their oral aversion to breast milk because of the consistency of their interactions with their infants. The constant interaction is one of the key factors in helping a breastfeeding mother overcome her oral aversion to breast milk.
o Lack of familiarity: It is also possible that some infants develop oral aversion towards solids because they are unfamiliar with them. Some infants have developed this type of aversion for foods that they are introduced to after just a few months of breastfeeding. However, this does not mean that these babies cannot eat solid foods. In fact, it is very common for infants to develop a limited taste for the taste of solids. As a result, many mothers who begin giving solids to their babies in their third trimester often find that these babies do not enjoy the taste of solids, especially when compared to the first few months of their breastfeeding experience. For these infants, the mother needs to spend more time preparing solid meals so that he or she can establish a consistent and long-term relationship with the baby.
o Lactation consultant: If your infant has developed an oral aversion to breastfeeding, it may be beneficial to consult with a lactation consultant. The consultant will be able to help you determine if there are any other reasons that your infant may be rejecting breastfeeding. Some potential reasons include the baby’s gender, he or she is losing weight, is too tall for his or her age or is having health issues. Once you have determined the source of the baby’s aversion to breastfeeding, you will be able to work with your pediatrician to establish a special feeding plan that will work best for your baby. Once you establish a feeding plan that works well for your infant, you will be able to help him or her through the early months of infant development so that he or she does not become lactose intolerant later on.
In summary, oral aversions are usually a reflection of babies’ immature eating skills. Many times this is assisted by a parent, but sometimes it is best treated as an issue between the parents and the child. There are several different solutions to this problem. Parents can try varying types of nipple pastes. You can also help your child to become accustomed to eating foods that contain the same flavors as his or her mother’s milk. You can also introduce some breast pumping action into the equation (either with the pump or just letting your baby suck on a breast tube) to help your baby to begin consuming foods that are closer to his or her liking.