What is good for kids to drink?

Monica - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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What else is out there for kids to drink when they are lactose and intolerate? My daughter loves juices, but dislikes water. So I have to sneak water into her juice, any suggestions.

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Lindsey - posted on 02/16/2010

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If your daughter likes juice, but you want to limit the amount of sugar, try sugar free Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid is mostly water so she would be getting plenty of water. My son refused to drink regular Kool-Aid without sugar in it so I started buying the sugar free Kool-Aid and he loves it.

Tyssa - posted on 02/13/2010

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There is lactose free milk out there it's called "LACTAID", they even have the lactaid ice cream and sour creams out there too.

Casey - posted on 02/06/2010

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HAve you tried raw milk? I have anephew who is allergic to lactose, whey, and other "milk" products. It has been so severe that he will stop breathing when exposed to processed dairy products. For the first 3 years of his life, he was stuck with just soy milk. Our doctor introduced us to Maximized Living (which cuts out processed foods and other toxins) and suggested that we try raw milk. My nephew does just fine with this. I also agree with TArilyn about getting your daughter more water by watering down the juice to a 80/20 or 90/10 ratio.

Janeen - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have a friend with a soda machine, she makes bubbly water with it and her kids enjoy water that way.

Narelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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Try water with a squeeze of fresh lemon, lime or orange added to it .... or even put some sliced lemon. lime or orange into a jug of water and leave in the fridge .... when a drink is required just pour some from the jug ... other fruits (watermelon, peaches, etc) could be used the same way for variety .... that will just add a hint of flavour to the water.

Teresa - posted on 02/03/2010

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try the pediasure i think that is how u spell it. it cost a lot but if u have wic u can get get from them

Julie Ann - posted on 02/02/2010

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my daughter loves to drink apple juice and also yogurt drinks... her pedia says it is ok coz its a healthy drink. try it also with your baby.

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2010

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I would just make sure you read the labels of the things your giving your kids. Watch the sugar content - especially added sugars, there are plenty of juices that don't have added sugars. I don't think anything can substitute for pure water, but I completely understand that you can't just force your kids to consume something they just don't want. My daughter has had a very difficult time eating anything and you can only give them so much milk - or milk substitutes, not to mention the lack of nutrition. That's when I bought a juicer and started making my own juices. She drinks about 8-12 oz. of carrot juice every day and loves it. Sometimes I have added an apple to make it a little sweeter. You'd be surprised what you can juice and a lot of fruits and veggies naturally have water in them as well and you always know what's in your drink. I feel like this has greatly benefited my 19 month old as well as myself. Most juices are freezable so you can make up big batches and take them out a little at a time. I freeze mine in pint jars.

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I second Gabrielle's suggestion of cooled herbal teas. My favorite is rooibos because it's naturally a little sweet. No need to add a thing to it. It also is high in vitamin C which aids in iron absorption.

Bernadette - posted on 02/02/2010

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I just found flavored water by Crayola. My kids loved it and thought it was juice. If you do give her lots of juice I give my Juicy Juice. Good stuff. Good luck.

Terri - posted on 02/02/2010

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Have you tried the flavored waters like Propel and put some food coloring in it and shake it up so it isn't clear, doesn't hurt a thing and they are drinking water at that point, let me know if it works always does for mine or buying the bottled water, they like having their own bottle to hold.

Amy - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son was diagnosed with MSPI (milk, soy protein intolerance) while I was BF. I had to completely change my diet which at the time consisted of a ton of dairy. I could not use soy milk either so I used rice milk. It actually is pretty good. I think it's called Rice Dream. It does come in a few flavors. It is really good on cereal too. Worth a try!

Tiffany - posted on 02/02/2010

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When my oldest daughter was younger she would never drink water so I always made her juices with half water and half juice.. I did this until she was about 3 1/2.. . And she never noticed.. I'm not sure how old your daughter is, but I would try the V8 fruit splashes.. Any type of juice box.. And they even make smaller orange juices in cartons over where the milk/orange juice is..

Megan - posted on 02/02/2010

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If your son just has a lactose intolerance, and not a milk protein sensitivity give him lactaid. Just like milk. Also if it is a milk protein intolerance, I would recommend soy milk. Rice or almond milk is almost all carbs and no protein and the protein is what is important (per what my dr told me, my son is allergic to milk).

Vicki - posted on 02/02/2010

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Try soy or rice milk. Both are pretty yummy!! Watering down her juice is great as well so she doesn't get quite as much of the natural (and unnatural) sugars found there. Ask your daughter's pediatrician for more advice. But I'm sure you'll hear the same things from him/her as you do from us mommies! Good luck!

Teresa - posted on 02/02/2010

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If you are trying to get your child to drink water, you can try the flavor what and you can also try to put a little sugar in the water

Jade - posted on 02/01/2010

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My daughter won't drink water at all, so I give her very weak diluting juice, just enough to taste the water and it works a treat.

Laura - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son refused to drink water from the day he was born, he has never, ever drank water so to sit there and say to give them nothing else is stupid. I don't want my son getting hospitalised due to dehydration.

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Water is the best thing for your kids. Wea ll know it but kids tend to say it has no taste as really it doesnt because commericials and ourselves think what we drink must have flavor... Our bodies need water and the more the best... Kids will adapt and the more you offer it and if thats all there is they will drink it. I have 5 children and they are all water drinkers as i dont put anything else in my house besides the normal gallon of milk. I buy bottled water and on occasion i buy the lil flavor packets to put in them but thats a treat for the kids. You control what they drink and they will protest trust me but they will drink it when they realize there is nothing else. Keep telling them water is good for them. But we must practice what we preach.... Mom must drink water also.. reward their water drinking with something tastey.

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V8 Fusion is great and has a ton of extra vitamins and minerals. Have you tried soy milk? I like the brand Silk best. They make it in vanilla and chocolate and my son loves it. I recently bought Vanilla Almond Milk which was also good but it was a lot sweeter then the Vanilla Silk. I add fresh squeezed orange juice to my son's water and he likes that. Or, I'll add a little lemon which was very surprising that he liked it!

Veronica - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son loves the v8 vfusion juice. Also, Capri Sun makes flavored water pouches, he thinks it's a juice box and really it is just flavored water. for the longest time my son wouldn't drink water, I got him started by letting him drink from my glass. He liked the idea of being a big boy and drinking mommy's ice water.

Karinna - posted on 02/01/2010

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try v8 splash, my daughter will not drink milk either, i do however mix milk with certain foods. but the v8 splash has fruits and vegies i as well mix water with all her juices.

Monica - posted on 01/31/2010

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What flavor packs for water? I really cant give her any tpe of milk because she has a gag reflex problem and throws up once the milk hits her tounge. She does this even with yogurt. I am also afraid my 2 year old daughter will like the flavored soy which has sugar in it. I really want to try and get her on water more than anything.

Trina - posted on 01/31/2010

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soy base milk with calcium, they make it just for children who are lactose intolerant!!! you can get strawberry or chocolate flavored too!!! there is also soy ice cream, yogart, or even cheese, that is good for kids that are lactose intolerant!!! you also can get those flavored packs for water to help them wanna drink water more!!!

Tarilyn - posted on 01/31/2010

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My daughter has a severe diary allergy among many other things! We give her watered down juice....I mean literally taking one of her cups, filling it 9/10 of the way with water and then a tiny bit of juice. She also drinks goats milk...you can try soy or rice or almond milk as well. (My daughter cant have the soy or almond). Also you can make her fruit smoothies. Theres tons of different ways to make them without milk as well. You can use juice and fruit and ice, or you can use goats milk (or soy or rice or almond), with fruit. Or ice and fruit and a bit of juice.

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