I CAN NOT GET MY FOUR YEAR OLD TO DRINK MILK

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Anuj - posted on 04/18/2013

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My 3 year child do not drink milk from last 1 year. We have also tried for chocolate flavour milk, Initially he liked but after that he refused. We also made chocolate flavour milk in home but he refused to drink. Please advise what we can do

Richelle - posted on 11/13/2009

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Okay, I had the same problem with my daugter but she was two. What I did was add Neskwick. The Neskwick has vitamins in it and you can slowly reduce the amount that you are adding to the milk. Sometimes, as we all know, things are just a matter of tricking them. If they see that it looks like choc, or strawberry, they will drink it. Eventually you will get him to drink white milk. Maybe he really just does not like it. Have you asked his doctor what their opinion is? Have to tryed switching the fat content in the milk example: whole, 2%, 1%, skim? I also found that my daughter prefers te 1% milk over all the rest. First, all milk has the same amount vitamins the only difference is the fat content. He just might not like the taste of whole. My daughter prefers the 1% and actually we all have gotton used to drinking it. The 1% seems to have a tad of a sweet taste to it, probably because you are not tasting so much fat. If he starts drinking one with less fat in it is better for him anyhow. My doctor told me that by the time they are two they do not need all the fat out of the whole milk anyhow. You are just going to have to play around and see what works. This is a couple ideas that I tried with my daughter and it worked. Now all she wants to drink is milk. She still does like whole milk though. Another thought of switching to 1% is that maybe they like the taste because breast milk is kind of sweet tasting. My daughter was also breast fed.

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Jessica - posted on 11/16/2009

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About adding things to milk is not the problem. Children at this age need milk for the
vitamin D. You can ask any Doctor and they will tell you that it is better for the child to drink flavored milk than not drinking it at all. It's not about mom's giving their child surgary drinks, it about whatever works best for that child and parent. Children at this age are also in the picky stage where they will want one thing one day and another thing the nest.

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2009

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Nesquik is really good and good for you. It also has less sugar and some of it is no sugar. That is what I give my kids, who don't like milk either.

Tilly - posted on 11/16/2009

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we had the same problem with Lachie, we gave him rice milk, it's sweet and kids seem to like it, you can also get it calcium enriched.

Jennifer - posted on 11/15/2009

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My daughter wasnt a big fan after I stopped nursing her. Although she would drink the milk in her cereal bowl. I started blending milk with a banana, ice, and splenda and told her it was banana ice cream she loves it! If you can get your child to at least eat yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese....it's not to much to worry about.

Christina - posted on 11/15/2009

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Maybe your son is lactose tolerant! If he hasnt been tested, get him tested, that might be why he gags and he cant keep it down! Try playing a game with him use cookies and milk kinda of like the orea commercial! be creative..Maybe offer him a prize for drinnking his milk, let him know he needs it for his teeth and bones ~ etc..My prayers are with you...GOD BLESS

Brandi - posted on 11/15/2009

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He really only needs a couple of glasses a day (according to my dr.) Every once in a while, I will allow my 3 yr old and my 1 yr old to have "chocolate" or "strawberry" milk I put barely a teaspoon of the syrup in the glass. It turns the milk enough brown or pink that she thinks it's chocolate or strawberry. You might also try to use a little food coloring to make it different colors. I made orange milk for Halloween and the kids thought it was soooooo cool. you could let her choose what color she wants. then maybe it would be mor fun for her/him. If he/she is gagging on it, are you sure he/she isn't lactose intolerant? Good luck. and like someone else said try yogurt or cheese.

Stephanie - posted on 11/15/2009

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Try mixing it with strawberry or chocolate syrup if that doesnt work try Ovalteen...if that doesnt work buy orange juice or grape juice with added Calcium and Vitamin D and give your kid some yogurt, cheese and other things with those Vitamins... Probablly just a phase... if not well just give more of the others to replace it... I wouldnt force the issue..

Valerie - posted on 11/15/2009

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i know alot of people who dont like milk either.hae you tried one of those store brand milk supplement instead?

Caryn - posted on 11/15/2009

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Quoting Nichole:



Quoting Caryn:

You are the parent, not your 4yr old. Explain to him/her that s/he needs to drink their milk to grow big and strong and don't give them the option not too. My girls aren't allowed to leave the table until all their milk is gone.
I don't think putting something in it is the answer, that doesn't teach your child to drink milk, it teaches them to drink sugary drinks..






Not if you use OVALTINE






WOW! I didn't know it was RIGHT for every mother to agree that putting sugary things in your child's milk was HEALTHY! Just because ovaltine has vitamins does NOT make it healthy for your child!

Rebecca - posted on 11/15/2009

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my 2yr old has never drank milk. he is offered it at every meal but he will take one drink and wont touch it again. our ped. told us to try chocolate, strawberry and the banana flavoring it didn't work. neither did switching to the lower percent milk. so now we just give him more of the yogart and cheese and he takes a multi vitiman every morning. he is doing great! he is right on the 50% curve of height and weight. i believe little ones are more in tune with thier bodies and there is a reason he isn't drinking it, plus if its just he doesn't like it i can't justify forcing him to drink it when there is other ways of getting the calicum and vitamins.

Sarah - posted on 11/15/2009

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Mine either! Don't offer them anything else unless you are truly concerned that they may be getting a bit dehydrated. Usually they will give in long before that. If not, try mixing it with other HEALTHY drinks. Something with no sugar added that you might give her anyway. Kefir works great. Its full of probiotics and comes in many flavors. You can try juice, but not sugary ones. I like to use ones with purees also so they are getting the fiber and more nutrition. Odwalla, Bothhouse Farms and Naked all make drinks full of nutritious fruit and veggie purees and juice without adding sugar. Its also a great way to sneak in some icky greens;) AND you can always make your own

Nichole - posted on 11/14/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

I used Ovaltine in one of those tall insulated sippy cups I think I only added a teasoon. That not very much sugar at all if he is going to drink the milk. And I don't agree that this will lead them to sugary drinks. When offered my son does not choose juice or soda. He drinks water and milk. :-) Good Luck


 completly agree! I use just a small spoonful of ovaltine (its expensive so i try to use as less of it as possible) and he will drink it. He also drinks those Fruitables that they just came out with. He loves those. Also, GERBER GRADUATES makes a milk drink formulated for toddlers with extra vitamins and all that jazz, but it comes in plain vanilla and strawberry. They are good, and my son loves them. He thinks they are juice boxes.

Nichole - posted on 11/14/2009

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Quoting Caryn:

You are the parent, not your 4yr old. Explain to him/her that s/he needs to drink their milk to grow big and strong and don't give them the option not too. My girls aren't allowed to leave the table until all their milk is gone.
I don't think putting something in it is the answer, that doesn't teach your child to drink milk, it teaches them to drink sugary drinks..



Not if you use OVALTINE

Caryn - posted on 11/14/2009

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if the calcium is all your concerned about just increase the amount of other dairy products, cheese, yogurt, ect.. Milk is NOT the only form of calcium....

Gena - posted on 11/13/2009

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we have tried everykind of milk except soy and the kids drinks. he use to eat it on cereal but not anymore. i am kind of concerned about the calcium and all

JANELLE - posted on 11/13/2009

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Try giving him cereal with a straw bowl. Perhaps he likes oatmeal, hot coco, cream soup. Are you concern about the liquid or the calcium?

Rebecca - posted on 11/13/2009

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I used Ovaltine in one of those tall insulated sippy cups I think I only added a teasoon. That not very much sugar at all if he is going to drink the milk. And I don't agree that this will lead them to sugary drinks. When offered my son does not choose juice or soda. He drinks water and milk. :-) Good Luck

Christine - posted on 11/12/2009

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My girls drink organic milk and soy milk it goes down better for them, here and there I gave them homade choc milk , I make it with lite choc syrup and two percent milk, that way I know how much chocolate they are drinking. There is nothing wrong with that , you can try to give them powder milk as well if they can't handle reg milks

Gena - posted on 11/12/2009

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i do try giving him milk and he just gags and it comes right back out. he was breast fed until he was almost a year and a half and then i had to cut him cold turkey casue i found out i was pregnant with his sister, i never got a chance to transition him over

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2009

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I am not one for giving kids choc. milk or any other flavored milk. Having said that I do think that if that helps him to drink milk I would start out with as little as possible to get him to drink it and then slowly decrease it so that eventually he drinks white milk with nothing added. I would also cut out any other drinks except for water. So when he wants a drink offer either milk or water nothing else.

Caryn - posted on 11/12/2009

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You are the parent, not your 4yr old. Explain to him/her that s/he needs to drink their milk to grow big and strong and don't give them the option not too. My girls aren't allowed to leave the table until all their milk is gone.

I don't think putting something in it is the answer, that doesn't teach your child to drink milk, it teaches them to drink sugary drinks..

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