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What's a food aversion?

What's a food aversion?

Repulsed by food. : When the thought or sight of a certain food makes you feel mentally or physically sick. Common in pregnancy. You don't actally have to eat it to feel this way. ...Read more

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What are food aversions?

What are food aversions?

Foods you dislike: Food aversions are when you begin to be turned off to certain foods. Sometimes this is from an intense dislike of the smell - this can happen in early pregnancy, for example. Foods that were palatable become the opposite, and you become completely disgusted by them. ...Read more

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Do genes determine aversions to foods?

Do genes determine aversions to foods?

Yes: Certain genes allow foods to 'taste' the way they do to people. Though the majority of taste preferences are learned behaviors. ...Read more

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Best techniques for countering swallowing aversions?

Best techniques for countering swallowing aversions?

Swallowing aversion : Do you mean you cannot swallow or will not. If it cannot see an ENT or GI doctor for evaluation of possible physical causes. If it is will not may need some psychological eval or eval by a speech pathologist. ...Read more

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Are there links between laryngomalacia and aversion to foods?

Are there links between laryngomalacia and aversion to foods?

Dairy?: I have seen a number of babies do poorly on dairy-based formulas or when their breastfeeding mothers drank milk. Rarely, soy can also be an issue. Discuss this with the ent. It may be an issue of a more restricted diet for a breastfeeding mom or a different formula. Note that lactose free doesn't mean dairy free. ...Read more

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Can sudden food aversion to anything sweet be a sign of diabetes?

Can sudden food aversion to anything sweet be a sign of diabetes?

Unlikely : Early symptoms of diabetes include making lots of urine and always being thirsty, fatigue, maybe weight loss, inability to sleep through the night because of need to drink and void. ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of sexual aversion disorder?

Can you please list the common causes of sexual aversion disorder?

Sexual trauma: I have worked with many people who were sexually abused as children or teens and some of them have a strong aversion to any kind of sexual relationship no matter how healthy. This aversion to normal, health sex can be helped by working with a psychologist who is trained in treated sexual trauma. There are other causes too but this is one I have seen. Be well, . ...Read more

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What causes food aversions in pregnancy?

What causes food aversions in pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones: Two hormones, estrogen and Progesterone are quite elevated in a normal pregnancy. Both are likely responsible for the nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) experienced in the early part of pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the nausea gets better but most women continue to find that even the thought of certain foods makes them feel ill. Fortunately, things go back to normal after birth. ...Read more

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What can cause an aversion to light?

What can cause an aversion to light?

Eye inflammation: Eyes become light sensitive when they are inflammed which can be corneal disease, internal inflammation like iritis or retinal inflammation. Some inherited disease of the retina also cause light sensitivity. ...Read more

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What treatment is available for food aversion in a child?

What treatment is available for food aversion in a child?

Hunger.: Food aversion is mainly the result of the mismatch between the child's true caloric needs (quite small, between 12 months of age and puberty) and parents' perceptions of when and how much the child should eat. Let them get hungry, don't try to force feed, and remember that when they are only hungry "for" a specific food, they are really not hungry. And avoid juices and sweetened drinks. ...Read more