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9/27/07 11:41 A

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How much is too much? My grandson loves his juice and would rather drink that than milk and most definately more than water. When I have him and tell my daughter to "trick him" into drinking milk by giving him chocolate/strawberry milk. He gets alot of other calcium by eating yogurt and cheese so not so worried about that. I just worry about his teeth. She has him brush in the morning and evening. It's been forever (19 years here) since I had to think about little ones and the dos and don'ts!

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9/27/07 9:17 A

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My kids don't really like juice.. They love water. We go through alot of cases of water in my house. My 2yr old has his sippy cup with water.. They do drink a juice box maybe 2-3 times a week and have a pop when we go out to dinner or maybe on the weekends...
My kids do love mac and cheese and chicken nuggets also. But they love friut and almost all veggies..




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9/26/07 10:26 P

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Our Pediatrician said that the "milk makes mucus" thing is an old wive's tale. I asked because that was something I always heard from my mother.

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9/26/07 11:47 A

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My kids are pretty good about drinking water. Actually, I pack a bottle for my daughter everyday in her lunch.

They do drink a glass of fortified 100% OJ for breakfast.
Milk at lunch.
Water at snack.
Milk at dinner.
And water at anytime during the day they're thirsty.
Sometimes we'll add just a TINY bit of juice to their water at snack time.


My kids love pizza. But we make it home, and load it up with veggies. My daughter LOVES carrot pizza. Even my picky son with munch it down.
There are healthier alternatives to what they love that isn't so great for them. If they love macaroni & cheese, puree' up some cauliflower and hide it in the sauce. Spaghetti sauces at our house are FULL of veggies and they don't know it.
But we ARE the parents and at least with my kids, it's a take it or leave it deal. They don't want the healthy snacks, they don't get any. We've really cracked down and they've caved. They'll mostly choose to eat the healthy snack rather than go hungry.

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9/26/07 10:54 A

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My two year old was a "milk all day long" kid until I took away the sippy cup. Now if he wants milk, he's welcome to it, but he has to sit at the table with a big boy cup.

Unless someone at my house sick, we don't have juice. Juice is treat for when we eat out.


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9/26/07 10:44 A

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Your kids should be drinking more water than fruit juice. The fruit juice has to much sugar in it. You can add a little juice sometimes to change the flavor of the water a little.
but keep the liquids to water.

 
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9/26/07 8:43 A

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Yes, you should keep dairy to a minimum when your kids are sick. Jack had the ear infections the first year so he was still on formula then. But, I did ask his doc about if there was any correlation between ear infections and milk drinking and he said no. The infections were due to bacteria, not mucus. Jack just has bad drainage.

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We have a great doc who warned us about over consumption of milk pretty early so we limit milk to three servings a day and the kids have never known differently. We have also always diluted their juice and they only get it once a day. They have each had full strength juice but it still doesn't seem to bother them that we dilute it. Maybe because we always have. The rest of the time they walk around with their water bottles. I don't have any advice for those making changes other than it takes about two weeks for a young child to break a habit so if you persevere it will happen. (My kids love chicken nuggets LOL!)(We gave up soda before we had kids so they think sparkling water is soda and don't really care for the bubbles)

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That's interesting - I was told to eliminate dairy when my kids have colds, as milk increases mucus production and thickens it, while water keeps it clearer and more flowing. Has anyone else heard this? It certainly helped keep colds brief compared to other kids I know - wonder whether it helped to limit ear infections - our kids are 4 & 8 and have only had 1 apiece in their entire lives. The minute they start to sniffle, they get put on oj and water only.

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9/26/07 8:02 A

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My youngest, when he was your child's age, would drink, and I am not kidding, about two gallons of milk a week and we were diluting it!! I know for my son, he had a lot of ear infections and I think the sucking part made him feel better and he just got used to it. Especially when we cut out the pacifier, the need to drink something got a lot worse.

I need to just suck it up(no pun intended) and lay down the lay about how much juice/milk they can drink. I just started working again after being home 5 years and I am letting things slip. I need to get back on it! Thanks for all the advice.

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9/25/07 11:17 P

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My 2 year old is a milk addict. He would prefer to drink milk all day long if we let him, but when he drinks a lot of milk, he doesn't want to eat real food. I limit him now to milk in the morning, milk at night. The rest of the day he drinks water, sometimes with a splash of juice - he's never had more than a splash (about 1 oz.) at a time. Our Pediatrician warned us about the juice thing before the kid was even on a sippy cup.

I will tell you that he's still not crazy about limiting the milk. I have had a sippy cup heaved to the ground in many cases with the exclamation, "want MILK." I just tell him that it's time to drink water, and show him mine. He usually gets with the program as long as I am drinking it, too.

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9/25/07 2:38 P

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I like all the advice. My youngest son who is almost 4 has a slight learning disability and has a really hard time when things change. I think I fear having to deal with him freaking out when I tell him no more juice for the day or no more milk. But I will make a better point to portion it better and I will let them know the new rules in an easy way to understand. Sometime I will play dumb and just say "we are out of it until I go to the store". They seem pretty ok with that excuse!

Thanks for all the advice! I grew up drinking nothing but water(had a milk allergry). We never had pop or sweet juice in the house. Maybe oj, but I didn't even like that. The kids do drink a lot of MY water which I carry with me every where. Just seems like they are thirsty all the darn time! Must be all those chicken nuggets they are eating :)

Thanks again!

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9/25/07 1:08 P

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Okay, I have to admit that in our house we just can't afford the juice or soda so it's just not there for them to choose. They are perfectly content to drink only 1 serving of milk so I don't have that issue. But I think this is another case of everything in moderation. Don't remove ALL the juice from their lives, just limit it. When we DO have juice in the house they know the rule is one glass (4oz or so) a day. They also realize that if they drink it all in one day it's gone and there won't be more.

I have a problem with the "if you offer water and they turn it down, they're not really thirsty." comment. If they turn it down, they are being stubborn or trying to push your buttons. Very few kids that I know will choose water when there are other things available. Letting them off the hook of drinking the water is NOT the answer. My kids have learned the hard way that not drinking water has it's repercussions, especially when they are playing in the hotter temps or on hikes and such. They now have a water bottle attached at the hip during the summer. However, they still don't look for water as their drink of choice, although it's usually the only choice in our house.

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9/25/07 12:51 P

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I always advocate playing the heavy - you're the parent, act the parent! There is no earthly reason a child must drink milk beyond the 3 servings a day unless they're a serious athlete or need the nutrients to gain weight, so save your money and offer them water, water, or water if they're thirsty. It's like a snack - if you offer only healthy ones and they turn it down, they're not really hungry. If you offer water and they turn it down, they're not really thirsty. Depending on how old your kids are, they are very early able to comprehend money: if we buy that much milk, we won't be able to save money for (fill in the blank w/ whatever works - vacation, new toy, education, etc.), so please help us to save it. If they feel they're part of the decision making process, they'll help out. If they're little, make it concrete - put the saved $ in a jar so they can see it grow.

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9/25/07 12:40 P

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Ok, I have to admit that my kids drink WAY too much juice in a day, though in my defense, I dilute it to about 80% water and 20% juice. They used to drink milk by the gallons but now they want juice. I also fall in the category of parent of children that only like chicken nuggets and pizza(both home made). How do I get out of this rut with them? I suppose I just don't buy it and they can have milk or water? But then I am afraid they will go back to wanting milk all the time and at $3.25 a gallon, it costs a fortune! Help me with some ideas, please!

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9/25/07 12:19 P

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totally agree - my kids have 2 options at breakfast: milk (okay, it's chocolate!) or calcium oj; lunch and dinner are milk, followed by milk or water. during the day they drink water. we've stopped buying juice, saved a lot of $, reduced our intake of sweeteners, and improved their appetites a whole lot.

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9/25/07 12:11 P

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I'm glad you took your doctor's recommendation to heart, I think a lot of people get their kids used to drinking too much juice and it causes them problems later. I personally feel that this is the reason so many kids are addicted to sugar and won't drink water or enjoy healthy foods.

If you let them drink juice all day, they are sustained by the mostly empty calories , graze on starches and don't develop an appetite for real food. These are the kids whose diets consist solely of chicken nuggets with ketchup, macaroni and cheese, pizza, and sweet drinks when they get older.

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9/25/07 11:39 A

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I know where your dr is coming from. Unless you juice yourself it is all empty calories. Lots of corn syrup and sucrose or fructose and water. It will also cause tooth decay because it gets under the gum line. I had to have my 15 year olds teeth capped when she was 4 because of decay under the gums. The thing was that she didn't get juice pop or candy, it was the glucose in the breast milk until she was 15 months old.

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My ped. just told me that 8-10oz of juice is too much for my 17 mo old. Most sippy cups or toddler cups are 8oz or larger. I always dilute the juice to stretch how much he can drink, and I thought this was a good choice. Apparently my son should have only 4oz a day or less. The dr. even said we don't need juice at all if he likes to eat his fruits and veggies. I should have expected it, being a dietier (I hate that word). Water is the best option, and eat your fruits and veggies. What a concept!
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