Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Racoon | 2011-04-05

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Bottle addiction

Dear Prof

My 2-year old Chiari 1 son is addicted to his bottle. He uses it only at home (sippy cup at creche) when he goes to bed and all through the night. We succumbed to accidental parenting and are giving him bits of milk when he wakes during the night. The reason we started it was because we got so exhausted from his frequent night waking which was 6-8 times a night in the beginning when we though it was due to Chiari headaches. This has been going on for 6 months. We have dug ourselves a very deep hole as he wakes at least 3 times per night, sometimes just crying sometimes asking for his bottle. When he does ask for his bottle he doesn''t take no for an answer and will scream and kick for more than an hour to get his way. He even pushes us away and says " walk!"  to go and get his milky!! How do we approach his training? He is so demanding that he now wants 3 milkies at bed time!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This may not be easy to sort out as you have tried hard to get your son off his bottle. His problem is the 3 bottles at night.The usual advice is to cut down on your son's milk intake. Some people would advise you to stop all his milk at night and substitute with water. Another trick is to cut his milk intake by half in each bottle and then gradually reduce it further until he is ready to give up his demands.

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Posted by: mom2boys | 2011-04-05

Maybe he is hungry? You can maybe try to give him ''heavier'' food to eat, like porridge before bedtime or Peadiasure? Try and mixing the milk with more and more water, maybe he is thirsty? If he is sweating to much it can also make him thirsty....Also try and teach him to reach for his bottle by himself so that he can get his bottle himself when he wakes up at night? Sorry...maybe nothing will work, I''m still putting my son to bed and he is almost 8 yr old!

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011-04-05

We give him 100 ml in each bottle during the night, and he falls asleep after that. Sometimes asks for more, but not that often at all.

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