His oral defensiveness consists of:
Manny was born with a heart defect, and for close to the first 2 years of his life he was in and out of the hospital as the doctors worked on his heart. After his last procedure there was a dramatic difference in him. He was happier and therapy went better. We were lucky; a lot of baby’s with heart defects have trouble with feeding. Many of them don’t even take the bottle. Manny had no problem with that. I remember at one pediatrician visit she had said “Don’t worry, one day it will just happen, and he will start eating. There was another little baby that had a feeding tube because he wouldn’t even drink from the bottle and then one day he was eating solids.” I bet the parents didn’t think it was that easy. I don’t see how without therapy and lots of work this will happen for Manny. Persistence and patients is key.