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    DS got palate expander today. He can't eat! Help!

    Poor kid. He has been having such a problem swallowing. He has eaten applesauce and yogurt. Any suggestions for him to eat?

    How long will it take for him to feel comfortable with swallowing and chewing? He actually vomited when he tried to eat some noodles because they got stuck in the appliance and made him gag!

    Any suggestions? He's not in pain.

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    Oh poor kid, indeed.

    I assume it's permanently installed? Chris has an expander in his lower jaw but he takes it out to eat. He's going to get a more permanent one on his upper jaw in a few months.

    Maybe he can take a drink between bites to swish and "clean" ... ?
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    AWW! I'm so sorry! I had this too! Do soups and soft food. To swallow, tell him to throw his head back to get it to the back of his throat. That was the ONLY was I could eat for a few days. It doesn't last too long but long enough! I had it just 2 years ago so its all still painfully fresh lol


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    I had that happen to me but it for sure got better after i got usef to it..maybe a couple of days? Its almost like having a new roof in ur mouth so u have to retrain urself to eaf. Poor ds tell him to hang in there
    11 wks, 2005 5 wks, 2006

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    Both my kiddos have them. I was told to get in mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream, etc. I know I offered to make milk shakes too. It was not too long, they were eating regular food probably after the 2 for 1-3rd for the other.

    Tell him to hang in there it will get better. My dd just got her bottoms in yesterday, now she has a full mouth.
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    My 7year old got one last week, but it comes out so it is easier. She can eat with it now and it is not a big deal. Good luck
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    We made ds lots of milkshakes just so he was getting calories. It took him about 3 days to venture into real food, but his was just braces plus brackets on the back of his two front teeth. That made it hard because he could not get his side teeth to meet so he felt like he couldn't chew.

    good luck

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    Milkshakes
    Smoothie
    Yogurt
    Applesauce
    Ice Cream
    Top Ramen (mashed the noodles before you cook it)
    Soup (cream soups are good=no lumps)

    It should be good in a couple days. Both of my boys had it, one still has it in and he eats everything and you would never know he has an expander.

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    No advice, but ugh! Hopefully he will get the hang of it soon. How frustrating.
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    DD had one, and the first day she could not eat, the next I told her she could remove it and the next she was eating no prob.

    He will get used to it
    Caro
    DD 9 yrs old via FET#3 from IVF/ICSI#4; m/c at 10wks 08/07. Done TTC!


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