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  1. milkangel

    milkangel Advanced Member

    to eat more than to drink? or is it something that all 2 year olds go through? he jsut finished 16 oz of milk in a sippy and still thursty. sometime he seems thursty all the time. and does not eat much at all.
    May 31, 2009
  2. cathyskitchen

    cathyskitchen Senior Member Gold Member

    Offer him water if he's still thirsty after drinking his milk. The milk is adding calories, so he's not hungry because he's full from the milk. If I let my kids have milk before dinner, they don't eat their dinner, so I've learned to give them the milk AFTER they eat, and water throughout the day so they're well hydrated.
    May 31, 2009
  3. pcsharon1

    pcsharon1 Veteran Member Gold Member

    Mine goes through spurts of eating. Right now he is eating all the time it seems and for the last several weeks there were days he didn't eat enough to keep a bird alive.............but he is always willing to drink - milk, juice, water, he doesn't care what...so he drinks a lot of water or very, very watered down juice. He will be 2 1/2 next month. I think it's normal. As long as he is hydrated and he is gaining weight normally he should be fine. But do be careful not to give him too much milk, he will use that in place of food and he's not really a "baby" anymore and need to eat actual food. When he gets hungry he'll let you know.
    May 31, 2009
  4. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    Too much milk limits iron absorption. Kids shouldn't have more than 24 oz of milk in one DAY.

    Drinking too much milk is probably why he won't eat. He's drinking his calories.
    May 31, 2009
  5. doughmama

    doughmama Advanced Member Silver Member

    But just to be on the safe side, make sure you tell your pediatrician that your child seems to be unusually thirsty. Your child's doctor may want to check to make sure there is no medical issue.
    Jun 1, 2009
  6. JDooley

    JDooley Member

    my daugher is 16 months old and ever since she turned one she has a sippy of ice water with her unless she is in her bed. some days it feels like i am CONSTANLY filling it. Doc does not seem concerned and she is eating and drinking everything else fine. he just warned me about filling up with other stuff like juice or milk...Juice has too much sugars and milk will keep her from eating. so I only give her milk 8 oz sippy at meals and juice at snacks.
    Jun 1, 2009
  7. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Veteran Member Gold Member

    I agree with the above comments. I would try and see if he is really thirsty, or just wants milk. Definitely limit milk, especially before meals, and then switch to water. Andyes, you may see some tantrums, but this is where you have to put your foot down and not give in.

    If he is really seeming excessively thirsty, DEFINATELY have him checked out by your pediatrician, as that can be a sign of a serious health issue. But maybe you should talk to him/her anyway about your sons nutrition and recommended amounts of milk/dairy/protein etc.

    For what it's worth, I got this from a quick google search, from the Minnesota Department of health WIC page. Note that their recommned amount of milk is only 2 cups (16oz) per day. Also, I don't know if your son is still using a bottle, but if he is it is time to switch to a cup.

    Why should my toddler drink whole milk?

    Toddlers (up to 2 years old) grow very fast and their brains are continuing to develop. Extra fat and calories are need to support this growth.

    Whole milk is an easy way to be assured that your toddler is getting enough to grow well.

    A toddler should only drink 2 cups of whole milk daily.

    Why should toddlers drink milk from a cup instead of a bottle?

    At the age of one most children should be drinking liquids from a cup and no longer using a bottle.

    Milk in the bottle can cause problems because:

    Your child's teeth can become damaged ("baby bottle tooth decay") by the constant wash of milk, which has natural sugars in it, against his teeth. This can cause problems with his adult teeth.

    Your toddler needs a wide variety of foods and that means milk is just a small part of his diet. Children are more likely to drink too much milk if it is put in a bottle.

    Your child may gain too much weight.

    Your child may suffer from ear infections (especially if given at night or when napping).
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2009
    Jun 1, 2009
  8. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    My three boys all get multi-vitamins with dinner everynight. (ages 7, 3 & 1) This helps with my mommy-guilt when one of them goes through a all fishstick phase.
  9. nikked

    nikked Senior Member Gold Member

    I have been in the mommy business for almost 20 years (WOW...that just floored me!), and consider myself to be pretty well versed on nutrition topics. But, had NEVER heard this before. Because all my kids tend to be underweight, milk is something that they drink A LOT of, and in fact has been encouraged by the doctors for the extra calories. But, now I'm wondering if my 3 younger kids developmental issues (that have been unexplained and looked at in depth) might not be linked to this.

    So, thank you for this information...I am no way an alarmist, but it's nice to have (maybe) a piece of the puzzles that are my kids!

    Here are some links about this that I have found helpful so far...

    Some Toddlers at Greater Risk for Iron Deficiency

    MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Iron deficiency anemia - children

    The dangers of iron deficiency in toddlers | Pediatrics for Parents | Find Articles at BNET
    Jun 1, 2009
  10. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

    I watch my grandson, 2, daily for 9.5 hours (and his twin brothers, 5). I have had the 2 y.o. on cups only for almost a year now. If it isn't a meal and he wants a drink, he can have either milk or water, and has to sit on the kitchen floor to drink it (I started this with his brothers and it works amazingly well -- looks strange to others, but it is wonderful). Try getting rid of his sippy cup except at night -- he won't be drinking all of his calories then.
    Jun 1, 2009
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