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My sweet 9 year dd old had a bicycle accident on Friday morning before we started school. She broke a tooth (permanent)and we went in for an emergency dental visit to our pediatric dentist who was closed that day…(wonderful dentist by the way:)!) He helped her pain and sent us over to his oral surgeon friend for a jaw x-ray because he was sure that her jaw was fractured also. Praise God it was not! Anyway, the dentist doesn’t want three of her front teeth touching anything (trying to let the roots heal to avoid 3 root canals) and the oral surgeon doesn’t want her to really be chewing anything (muscle injury in jaw) until we check back in with both of them one week from today, which brings me to the reason for my post. I am in a dilemma about what to feed her. I have allowed her to exist off of yogurt, mac and cheese and baked beans since Friday and I can’t let this go on another week. I feel terrible about what she is eating, but I don’t know what else to give her. She despises oatmeal and is not the biggest fan of eggs…does anyone have any suggestions?
Homemade applesauce? I’ve never made it, but don’t think it’s too hard. Fruit Smoothies? Mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes? Cottage Cheese? Homemade soups? All I can think of right now!! Hope she heals well, poor girl. GinaJennNCParticipant
Oh my goodness, that poor girl! Smoothies? With lots of good nutrition in them? What about cottage cheese, will she eat that?GemParticipant
My dd11 had a bad swingset accident earlier in the summer (put her teeth all the way through the flesh under her lower lip – ouch!) – you and your daughter have my sympathy!
My daughter was on soft foods for quite a while. I remember that she ate (besides the things you mentioned) tuna, apple sauce, pudding, maybe cottage cheese, also I mixed a protein supplement in with her milk. I used a non-flavored whey protein from our local health food store.
I hope she has a swift recovery.GemParticipant
Oh yes – I read the above posts and I remember that she ate a lot of sweet potatoes during that time – but she loves sweet potatoes anyway. They are a very nutritious food.HeatherParticipant
Thank you so much for all of these fast responses! I am making the grocery list now…I didn’t even think of smoothies! I’ve been sort of freaked out over the whole thing…then with the guilt of feeding her “whatever” she can eat…
Thank you so much!!LillyLouParticipant
Oh, keep yogurt on the list! But only if it’s *real*. Especially if she will be on any antibiotics-it will aid in her keeping all the “good bugs” in her system. You can add fruit preserves or honey or maple syrup to plain yogurt to change it up a bit, so she won’t get so bored with it. Also, add it to her smoothies! And i wouldn’t use any berries in her smoothies, as the seeds might prove to be a problem. Try to stick with peaches, mango, banana, pineapple, etc. Also, if she likes, avacados, they’re hugely nutritious, and you can put something like goat cheese (if she likes that) in the middle of a half an avacado-yummy, easy, smooth…one of my favorite snacks. I also second baked potatoes-especially sweet potatoes. If she’s not sure about them, put a little butter and maple syrup on it…yum. Now I’m hungry
My baby brother had a bike accident a few years ago that tore up his face too-NO FUN!! Sweet girl, let her know her CM buddies are praying for her.
what about cold fruit popsicly slushies to help with swelling and discomfort?crazy4boysParticipant
Soup and you’d want to puree it. You could do vegetable soups made with bone broth; most beans will puree nicely in soups as well. Both fruit and green smoothies. If you have a source for fresh eggs you could add raw egg yolks to the smoothies (it doesn’t change the taste at all). Here’s a recipe for butternut squash pudding that my kids love, just skip the pecans for now! It’s a warm dish that tastes a lot like pumpkin pie.LDIMomParticipant
DD just had another palate-related surgery. She was born with cl/cp so we know the soft food diet all too well.
I have one word, ok two words: food processer.
DD doesn’t love it, but she does get tired of the same old soft foods as you mentioned. Last night we had spaghetti and I just pureed it. She really liked that. I think the hardest part is that DD is supposed to only have things that require no chewing. She can’t even have mac n cheese yet. She was craving something besides sweet stuff.
What about mashed potatoes (you can always thin them out more than normal). Any type of soup as someone else said, just puree it more. DD loves baby food for a change. Your DD might like some of the fruit ones, maybe not the veggies ones although DD likes some of them.
Pureed sweet potatoes, soup from cooked dried beans (you could puree the beans too), any type of shake (which you could make from whatever fresh ingredients you have/she likes whether fruit or veggies or both). Pediasure is always a back-up though it is not my first choice, but if your child is getting hungry it can help with that feeling of hunger.
HTH and hoping for a quick recovery for her.
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