My daughter eats lemons like she eats an orange.

Happie - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My 2 and a half year old daughter eats lemon like she eats an orange..It worries me so much because i suspect its not ok for her somehow....

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Jasmine - posted on 05/09/2013

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I don't see a problem, but I wouldn't recommend brushing right after eating them. The acid weakens the tooth enamel, and brushing right away can cause damage to the enamel. You're supposed to rinse your mouth afterwards and wait about half an hour before brushing.
My daughter used to eat lemons like that, too. I thought it was weird but she liked it!

Kim - posted on 05/12/2013

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My daughter ( she is almost 11) does the same thing but that's because I do it to. My family and friends think we are weird but I know for me I like sour things. If its a big deal for you then talk to your doctor.

Mike - posted on 05/07/2013

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Nothing to worry about. My son doesn't eat them, but I do. I eat about 1 a day, and brush my teeth regularly afterwords. It has improved my digestive tract. That and it keeps me from eating junk food. Hope this helps. Oh ya, make sure you wash them before you/daughter eats them...you never know. I try not to eat any from resturants, but sometimes I'm not paying attention, and I let it slip.

Tajunanne - posted on 07/24/2010

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when i lived in Arizona i use to eat lemon staight off the tree and i was a teen so don;t worry it's good for her plus it fights of fat

Sara - posted on 05/08/2013

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Ha ha I'm surprised she doesn't pucker her face from the sourness! I don't think that's a problem - but maybe she should brush her teeth afterwards because of the acidity. I would ask a doctor here (for this or in the future): http://bit.ly/ZLIX2U

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Kimberly - posted on 08/04/2010

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I eat lemons the same way. I would monitor the amount she eats because like any citrus food if you eat to much you can get a tummy ache. Eating to many lemons can also be rough on your teeth but other than that they are a great source of vitamin c. If she likes them I would let her eat them.

Heather - posted on 07/27/2010

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Lemons are acidic and I have heard of the concern of tooth enamel, however, if you encourage your daughter to drink water I'm sure it isn't a problem. I dont know if your daughter is potty trained, but the acidity of the fruit could cause diaper rash (my daughter gets irritated when she eats too much citrus).

If your daughter is like my daughter, you can try different things. We steam broccoli and put olive oil, garlic and lemon juice on it. Cali loves it.

Laura - posted on 07/26/2010

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nope! you have no reason to worry! as long as she eats a balanced diet with all food groups represented, she is in no danger :-)

Christine - posted on 07/24/2010

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*lol* Naw.. it's fine.. my daughter woud chew on lemons from the time she had teeth ( less than a year) until right before her 3rd birthday.

Taste buds are still developing.. so often babies don't realize that what they're eating is sour or what not. they may like the texture.. they may taste it differently than you or I..

but let me tell you.. my daughter right before her 3rd birthday.. bit into a lemon and scrunched up her face and said it was too sour.. which was really funny since she always ate it before..
but like I said... kids taste buds change.

And let me tell you.. think lemons are bad.. my baby girl.. she is 3 1/2.. eats hot mustard, raw onions.. and get this..

RAW GARLIC ! yes.. I use this minced raw garlic when I cook.. she likes to stir it in for me.. she eats the left over off the spoon every time and asks for more !

So yes.. babies/toddlers their taste buds are different and developing.. just go with it.. =)

Mae - posted on 07/15/2010

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Absolutely fine for her my daughter does the same thing and the doc said that they are full of a lot of vitamins and nutrients.

Lea - posted on 06/30/2010

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She may be deficient in vitamin C. I would start giving her a multivitamin right away. They have some in gummy form. Just be sure they are LOCKED away because they are just as dangerous as any other medication if overdosed.

Joanna - posted on 06/19/2010

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My son is the same way--especially we are eating out at a restaurant. It's fine---just look at it as extra vitamin C!!!

Jen - posted on 06/10/2010

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I've heard of other kids who do this so try not to worry. I have a friend who orders his daughter a small play of lemons when they go to restaurants, even!

Brandy - posted on 06/10/2010

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all my son have done the same thing as your daughter and actually it being a fruit and having vitamins in it is good for her

Louise - posted on 06/10/2010

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One of my sons ate lemon like this. He did not seem to notice how sour it was. It will do them no harm don't worry. As they get older their taste buds change and all of a sudden they notice how sharp it is!

Bethanie - posted on 06/08/2010

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The only negative aspect I can think of is it wearing the enamel down on her teeth because of the high acidity. It's much higher then other citrus fruits and tomatoes. And it may cause sores inside her mouth if consumed in excess.

PATRICIA - posted on 06/08/2010

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Maybe she just likes them, my mom said I would cry for lemon juice when I was a toddler and I still do them same this as your daughter. I think they are yummi

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I agree with Christina call a doctor's office and they can probably tell you over the phone. My niece ate lemons at that age and she was fine. We actually bribed her a few times to get good behavor for lemons. Never noticed any negative effects and these days with her being much older she knows plenty of other things she would rather eat, although she will occasionally ask for our lemons. Here is a page that shows the benifits of eating lemons. http://www.organicfacts.net/nutrition-fa...

Christina - posted on 06/07/2010

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Are you kidding? My daughter isn't a big fan of citrus fruits or their juices. If she eats them like she'd eat an orange, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Oranges have acids in them, too. If you're really concerned about it, talk to her doc. I don't think there is, tho. All fruit is good for her, and she's getting her vitamin C. :D

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