July 11, 2009

Feeding - Rice, Vitamins, & Bottles!

Chase has officially started solids! At 4 months and one day, we've started with just a very tiny bit of rice cereal, fed to him on his Nuk Brush. This serves the dual purpose of getting Chase fed and introducing new foods/textures, while also teaching his tongue to move to different parts of his mouth as part of his oral-motor routine.

The other feeding aspect we've been practicing is the bottle. Although Chase nurses wonderfully, he does not take a bottle well - sometimes refusing it completely. So once a day we practice a bottle with him so he both gets the hang of it and also gets a different mouth work-out. This seems to be Chase's biggest challenge at the moment and we appreciate your prayers for progress on this!

In addition to the milk and rice, Chase gets special vitamins each day, tailored specifically to the needs of a baby with Down Syndrome. There are some vitamins that those with DS need more of than the typical child, and other vitamins of which they need less. The specific vitamins that Chase takes, also balance out the chemicals produced by the extra 21st chromosome that those with Down Syndrome have, keeping things from getting out of whack and trying to minimize those chemicals' harmful effects on the body. The Einstein Syndrome Site has a great explanation of this vitamin therapy (called TNI or Targeted Nutritional Intervention) and another mom has recently written a wonderful explanation of this on her blog - Hannah's Shenanigans. For more info, check out the Nutrivene site, and The Changing Minds Foundation.

Chase is now able to sit up in his highchair by himself - perfect timing for starting solids, and he looks so cute in there!


  1. Hi! Glad to find your blog! Thanks for the shout-out about my vitamin post too!

    I've read through your blog--Wow! You are on the fast track for learning all about Ds! It sounds like your therapists are on top of some of the better techniques--the brushing will be great for Chase, and using the nuk brush is terrific as well.

    It seems that Chase and Hannah have more in common than just an extra chromosome--Hannah was 8'8" and 20 inches long when she was born on March 13. We didn't have a prenatal diagnosis either. She had severe pulmonary hypertension and was in the NICU for quite a while.

    So glad that Chase is doing well!

  2. You must be encouraged by Beth's comments...Chase looks like such a big boy in his high chair

  3. Hi Meredith! Glad I found your blog. I'm still learning this thing. Your family is in our prayers and we love the pictures of Chase. So cute! We can't wait to meet him!