Welcome back to Healing Well and the A & P forum. I am so sorry your son has the eating problems. I am no expert on child anxiety but I can understand how frustrated and sad you feel re your sons swallowing problems.
IMHO I would suggest to keep looking for a physician that deals in childhood anxiety. I know this is not the answer you were looking for. We have people on HW from the UK, perhaps one of them will post an idea or access to someone that may help you and your son.
Again a warm welcome back.
I wish I had some wonderful insight to offer you, but the best I can do is offer you understanding and support. Hope your day is well.
I wish you peace and keep posting.
While my son doesn't suffer from this, I do. I am still struggling with the whole swallowing thing myself, even liquids. Personally, I hate it and I am giving it wayyyy too much credit. I have never in my life had something like this.
A lot of doctor's don't really know about anxiety and can actually do more damage than good. Check out the Linden Method and www.stresscenter.com. Both have something geared for children and how to help them out.
Being a person who suffers from this (and I LOVVVVEEE food), it's a terrible thing to have. Personally, I think that it's his habit that when it becomes hard to swallow, he fears it. That is what happened with me. I even went to a GI dr. to get checked out and nothing is wrong. Help him see that this is nothing more than a muscle spasm. He won't choke. I am realizing this now and it's taking me a long time to recover from this. It's been going on for me for about 8 months and trust me, that is 8 months too long.
I am going to do hypnosis for mine. I think it may help take the edge off for me. I feel like my stomach is eating itself, it hurts that much.
Maybe you can do some affirmations or something or even hypnosis downloads on a CD or MP3 player and let him listen to them as he falls asleep since he is so active.
Hope this helps some.. Take care, he is going to be all right.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/8/2012 10:10:40 AM (GMT-6)