Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ronel | 2012-12-06


18 month, wakes at 2 in morning to eat

Hi Doc,

my son woke up twice now at 2/3 in the morning asking for food, which obviously I give him. He is a very Healthy eater and weighs 13kg''s, is this normal? Is it normal for a toddler to have such a big appetite? He doesnt look nearly as ''plump'' as he did a few months ago, so I am not worried about how he looks, is how much he eats that worries me.

Also, for the past 4 months I have been giving him soy milk (box, not formula) instead of cow''s milk, how much a day should I give him? I dont want to over/under do it, if I google, all i get is recommended Cows milk daily allowance, nothing on soy.

And another thing, bottles, when do I take them away from him? I heard they could cause ear infection and is bad for the teeth He drinks everything out of a sippy cup already but when is nap time he still wants his bottle of soy milk.

Thank you very much in advance :)

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a boy of 18 months is 11.6kg. Your young son's weight is obviously well above this average.Why did you change him to a soya milk instead of a cow's milk based formula? If he is not allergic to cow's milk and is not lactose intolerant then he should be on a growth formula such as Nido.This will help to make him feel more satisfied after his bedtime bottle.Your son does not need more than 600ml of milk per day now.
Hopefully he will be happier on a more filling formula and won't wake up in the early morning for food. You need to be firm with him about this extra meal as it has become a habit that may be hard to break. You will probably have to use the 'controlled crying method' when he wakes at 2 in the morning. This can be hard on the nerves but will work if you keep at it. Read about this method on Google.
Do not worry about your son still wanting to drink from a bottle in the evening. He is mostly using a sippy cup and should give up wanting to drink from a bottle over the next few months by himself.

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Posted by: Ronel | 2012-12-11

Thanks doc, he got a reaction to cow''s milk and Nido, he used to be on infacare but when I changed to the Infacare for the 1-3 year olds when he turned 1, he started vomiting from it. So I just went with the Soy, he loves it and his eczema dissapeared and no more cramps.

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Posted by: Ronel | 2012-12-07

Again woke up last night, well ... this morning for food.

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