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SLIMMERKIWI
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2/8/13 4:03 A

My little grandson is extremely serious to lots of foods - all dairy, all nuts, egg and kiwifruit can kill him. He has moderate reactions to a number of other items including soy and wheat products (not celiac). He is only coming up 6yr, and is also very picky with the things that he CAN eat, which is obviously extremely limited.

My suggestion to you is to ask for a referral to a Pediatric Dietitian to ensure that your toddler is getting the nutrients that he needs. You will also get qualified suggestions about what good alternatives for various things would be. As a point to remember, my daughter can only buy ONE brand of margarine spread in NZ that doesn't have any milk products in it. Most margarine does! She has a cupboard with ONLY the food that her little boy can eat. All the food he can't eat goes into another cupboard in another part of the kitchen. Some alternative milk doesn't have much protein, or calcium, so be sure that check that what YOU choose does have.

She makes him ice-blocks out of fruit smoothies or vege smoothies. She would add some red lentils to those smoothies to increase the fibre he was otherwise lacking, AND the protein he was also lacking. That is a fantastic way of getting him to eat something that he wouldn't otherwise, because he sees it that HE is having a treat just like the other kids. She buys little cans of chicken in spring water, but has to check the label because at least one includes milk, egg, soy, fish AND crustaceans, which seems real strange considering it is 'just chicken'

I also suggest that you don't make a huge deal of it in front of him when he is older because otherwise he could end up with a 'food phobia' which is what happened with my g/son. He became very afraid of most food because '"it might hurt me!"

Good luck,
Kris



SHANNANAN7
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2/7/13 9:12 P

Thanks for the ideas. I will definitely have to check out Whole Foods. I wanted a milk substitute because when we are stuck outside the house I need to feed him a meal, but other than crackers his meal options are pretty messy and I don't want to deal with that at the doctor office. I guess I really wanted a meal in a can option, something that would fill him up with a minimum of fuss. I'll have to try the vienna sausages at home, but anything he touches with his fingers is likely to end up on the floor unless cracker-like. He doesn't use utensils yet and is really picky about textures. I have to put scrambled eggs in the blender with fruit to get him to eat them and most stuff has to be pureed and be completely smooth (baby food) or he will spit it out.



LILLIPUTIANNA
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2/4/13 1:19 A

Pacific Foods has little portable "juice box" styled almond milks. They don't have to be kept cold.

I would suggest looking at vegan websites. Essentially, that's the diet you're dealing with. There lots of resources out there on the internet for vegan families...recipes and such.



CMCOLE
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2/3/13 8:19 A

wow, I hope you can help them develop into better eating habits than crackers and other cereal-based treats.

Like others have said, it's likely you don't need a milk-based item outside the home if they're getting enough at home



ALLICIAC
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2/3/13 12:53 A

If he's having 2 or 3 servings of soy milk at home, then he's getting enough calcium for his age. Will he drink water when you are out and about? You don't want to fill him up on too much of the soy milk because then he won't be hungry for foods, which will help him gain weight better than beverages.

But, since you came here looking for a portable non-dairy beverage, Silk makes single serve soy milk (http://silk.com/products?category=134). I've seen them up at Walmart, Wegmans, Whole Foods, etc. If you click on the individual products, you can even search for them in your area.



CREATIVECALICO
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2/2/13 9:21 P

Why do you need a "milk-like beverage"? It's best to drink water anyways. If you're looking for a easy protein fix, my sister and I (who were super picky kids) loved the little vienna sausages that come in a can. Easy to carry with you and very toddler-friendly :)



SHANNANAN7
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2/2/13 8:45 P

Casein and whey are both dairy proteins. If whey or casein is part of the ingredients then it is not dairy-free. My son is not lactose intolerant. If he has any milk protein he starts vomiting. It is possible for casein or whey to be processed and partially digested so it doesn't provoke the same response as undigested milk protein, but I wouldn't trust any dairy-free product with these in the label.

Edited by: SHANNANAN7 at: 2/7/2013 (21:13)


SHANNANAN7
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2/2/13 8:34 P

I am currently working with his pediatrician and a childrens gastro specialist. He is gaining weight at an acceptable rate now and I am pretty careful at home. He drinks quite a lot of fortified soy milk and eats a lot of fortified infant cereal mixed with various fruits and vegetables. He gets enough balanced nutrition but his diet is really narrow and boring. I need ideas for non-cracker snacks, preferably high protein or calorie dense, and a milk-like beverage I can take to the doctor office or anywhere else I am going to be stuck for a couple hours.



SHANNANAN7
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2/2/13 8:28 P

I had to stop nursing at 6 months because no matter how hard I tried I would end up eating something that made him sick. I also had problems producing enough milk. We switched him to a special formula (Nutramigen) recommended by his pediatrician and he did really well. But he is now 1 year old and the pediatrician (and WIC program) recommend children drink milk. At home James gets a fortified soy milk. The problem is finding something I can take with me to the doctor office and elsewhere. He isn't technically below the charts anymore, but I work hard to keep him up in the 5th percentile. I like the sausage idea, but I have a hard time getting any of my 3 boys to eat meat. Weird since that is all my husband will eat. I will keep trying with the snack problem. I'll have to try the sausage just to see. Worst case it will end up on the floor with the bananas, dried strawberries, and Kix.



ONLINEASLLOU
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2/2/13 1:16 P

I think you should definitely be talking to a pediatric nutritionist/dietician -- a professional with lots of experience working with children. Ask your son's doctor to refer you to someone. It's not just protein and fat that your son needs, he needs calcium and other nutrients that dairy products commonly provide for growing children. Work with an experienced professional to get the best advice in this important situation.



OMENDER
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2/2/13 10:09 A

My son was dairy free for a while (he did eventually outgrow it), extremely picky and was underweight. I solved it by extended nursing so I knew he would be getting what he needed even if he did not eat that day or week. Formula works for that as well. I always offered food first, and again, and nursed after. I was working with our pediatrician and even went to a nutritionist for him since he was below the charts for so long. At 5, though he is still picky but does eat more and is above the 10th percentile.
He liked sausage, so I made sausage balls- bulk sausage with flour or baking mix baked into small and portable balls. Also oatmeal and fruit bars work well- oatmeal cookie with less sugar (i usually do 1/4 the recipe, sometimes up to 1/2) and whatever dried fruit and additional fats- nuts, seeds, oil, you want. you can bake it thin so that it is like a cracker. I also traveled with bananas and avocados and a spoon or two. Just keep trying different textured and foods and he will eventually like some of them, though it may take 100 tries.




NYXWOLFWALKER
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2/2/13 1:56 A

There are plenty of soy based products on the market though might also look for drinks that are dairy free but uses casein or whey as its base since for some tots soy can have the same reaction as straight out dairy.

www.parenting.com/tags/dairy-free has some interesting options for getting kids to eat non-dairy items that appear interesting, a few of them I'm going to try myself as they have caught my attention.



Edited by: NYXWOLFWALKER at: 2/2/2013 (02:06)


SHANNANAN7
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2/1/13 11:25 P

My son James is 1 yr old and can't have milk protein at all. In the diaper bag I keep a couple of Pediasure (or cheap knock off) for my 3 year old, but I can't find a portable non-dairy non refrigerated substitute. My boys are picky eaters and tend to be too skinny. I really can't afford to give them any empty calories. I would like to find something with high protein and high fat. I also need to expand my snack ideas, they are currently limited to crackers, cherrios, and freeze dried apples. James doesn't have all his teeth yet and refuses anything that is slick, slimy, sticky, or otherwise not cracker-like. Help please.



 
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