Help! how do I get my 2 year old to eat dairy as he hates cow's milk and cheese

Sarah - posted on 11/29/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Any advice or recipes involving getting dairy in my 2 years old son's diet would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Becky - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have also posted a grape salad recipe that has alot of dairy products in it and they love it.......it's sweet and they don't realise that it is mostly dairy products!!

Becky - posted on 12/08/2009

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my son (12) is the same way and here is my main one because I serve alot of potatoes with meals.....when I make mashed potatoes(homemade or instant) I will put about one -two tablespoons of sour cream in them....he gets his dairy without even knowing and it makes them creamier.

Sarah - posted on 12/04/2009

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Thanks Ladies for all your tips. I am so glad I joined this circle of mom application on facebook. Your advice is golden. :)

McKenzie - posted on 12/02/2009

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Freeze the Gogurt Sticks to make them into frozen yogurt treats!!! When you take em out of the freezer, rinse them under warm water for 5-10 seconds, then wrap a paper towel around it and you have a special treat!

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Fruit salad:
As much sliced strawberries, grapes, bananas, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, any fruit you want, mixed with one 6 oz container of fruit yogurt. More yogurt will be needed if you have a ton of fruit. My daughter goes crazy for this. All the fruit takes away from the possible taste of dairy.

Diane - posted on 12/02/2009

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I would try the sugar free chocolate syrup add a banana and make a smoothie. Mashed potatoes with just a little cheese in it. Try different cheeses too, my grandsons love swiss cheese.

Kylie - posted on 12/02/2009

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I would try fruit smoothies with his favorite fruit. Always works with my fussy dairy kids. You can then add the yoghurt, milk and icecream. Good luck.

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This is a little off-the-wall, but you could also incorporate a small serving of low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt into his diet. Maybe not every day, but a couple of times a week. You may have to compensate for the added sugar and fat in other areas of his diet, but ice cream is a good source of calcium and what-not.

Renee - posted on 12/02/2009

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my little boy is allergic to dairy, so to get his required amount of calcium i have to crush 1/2 a adult calcium tablet (they dont make kids ones), and he has it in rice or oat milk with a little drinking chocolate, to add flavour. Once a day and they have there daily requirments and you dont have to worry when he wont eat it and when he does you can just cut it back.

Erin - posted on 12/01/2009

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The only way I get my 2 year old to drink milk is by adding some sugar free french vanilla creamer.... I only add a little bit to make her milk taste a bit sweeter.... Now she asks for it.

Jennifer - posted on 11/30/2009

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Good luck! Maybe you can take some of his teddy bears and toys and have a 'picnic' and you can all eat something and invite him to do it as well. Peer pressure from his snuggly firends-lol

Sarah - posted on 11/30/2009

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Thanks for all your help.
I will certainly try all of your tips. I don't think he is lactose intolerant because he does have yoghurt now and again, but hes seem very stubborn and picky. I have tried mac and cheese as I love it myself but he has a lick and refuses to have any more. He won't try many new things. When he was under and one yr old, he tried loads of stuff like veg, mashed potato, pasta but now nothing. He actually liked my home cooking which is surprising as i'm not very good! LOL Nowadays, He likes fish, roast potatoes, chips (french fries - i only get very low fat oven ones though) and meat but when it comes to any saucey meals he turns his nose up at it. I did make american biscuits / scones from scratch today for the first time and they turned out yummy but he wouldn't even try it. I was gutted.
I haven't been to the doctor yet but i will try your ideas first and then if all fails I will go to the doc.
Thanks again

Jennifer - posted on 11/30/2009

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Have you tried 'fun' cheese he can peel away strips to eat or mini cheese pizzas with meat or veggie faces? I find that if you include kids in preparation or cooking they will try more. Maybe yogurt with chopped fruit to disguise it or a creamy pasta sauce? You could also try baking cheese biscuits/ scones which kids can put jam on and they usually love (simply grate in some cheddar to your normal recipe). Good luck!

Jo - posted on 11/29/2009

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You could try nacho's, Corrn chips with melted cheese and sour cream on top, my 2 yr old loves it, pancakes are also good 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour and 1 egg your can add yoghurt of icecream on top for a treat. Mozeralla cheese is good as it doesn't have a strong cheesy flovor and when melted goes stretchy which my kids love. Hope this helps

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Does your son avoid dairy because he's lactose intolerant? I know some children whose parents fought for so long to get them to eat dairy/ drink milk just to find out their kids were sensitive to dairy products.

Most kids love yogurt. Try some different types of yogurt or cheese sticks to get him going.

Otherwise if he's not really picky about many other types of food, do talk to a dietician, doctor or other healthcare professional to see if he is lactose intolerant.

Best of luck!

Ps, almonds are are a great alternative (if there are no nut allergies) try almond breeze 'milk', it's really yummy, even for mommy!

Chama - posted on 11/29/2009

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have you tried mac and cheese, pizza, cheese stickes, you could get away with yogarts or go-garts. baked ziti is good too, and you can just mix in some cheese, that way he's getting some. you could give in pudding (the one you make in a box) and that way he's still getting something. be sure to start him on vitiamins 1/2 tab. we have a non meat eater....unless my sister is around, so it's hard, but we put a small peiece and it has to be eaten or tried. good luck. i'll ask some moms at church and see what they think. what does the doc say.

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