"Aerodynamically, the bumblebee should not be able to fly.
But, the bumblebee does not know that so it goes on flying anyway."
~Mary Kay Ash

Many parents find that their children with hydranencephaly has various issues with food. Reflux and digestion problems are very common. Many of our children suffer from gas and constipation as well. Messages between the brain and the stomach can become jumbled when there are neurological deficits such as those with our children. In addition to the general digestive problems, other closely related issues such as a compromised immune system can quickly become a problem.

Some parents believe children with hydranencephaly process foods differently and that they impact their brains and bodies differently.

Many parents have had great success in eliminating certain food types from their children's diets and using the "blenderized diet" for their children. Many of our kids are tube fed and a large majority of those who eat by mouth have most of their food softened/pureed for easier swallowing. Parents of orally fed children as well as those with g-tubes and even j-tubes have succesfully used the blenderized diet.


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