Childhood Diseases

Posted by: E. | 2010-04-21


Milk intake - 2.5 year old

Hi dr
My 2.5 year old son is not so keen on milk anymore. I give him rooibos in the mornings (with about 125 ml milk) and in the evenings I offer him about 200 ml milk, but he''s not really interested in it. He has no milk during the day.
How much milk should a child his age be drinking, or do I not need to worry about that anymore? He eats a balanced diet otherwise which include cheese &  yoghurt everyday.
Just a potty training question as well - although he shows interest in the potty, I have tried putting underpants on, but he has an accident on my carpet everytime. Should I force the potty training issue, or just leave him to do it in his own time?
Thanks dr

Expert's Reply



Your son only needs about 2 cups of milk a day now.He is getting calcium in the yoghurt and cheese he is eating.
He needs to start potty training now.

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Posted by: R | 2010-04-22

Hi, Be patient with him with the potty training. The messing is bound to happen for the first few days, maybe from time to time weeks after, but he will become more aware and start feeling a bit dirty and will go to the loo himself. Don''t be hard on him or make him feel bad if he messes, its not nice, but he will learn quickly.
My son (2.5yrs) is at school, but I started training him before the school did by putting on underpants and the whole weekend, by the Monday he was already pretty much used to it at school, and yes we had many accidents (with carpets at home!) but he learned quickly. I found sitting with him in the loo and showing a nice picture book also made him comfortable. Now he sits on the loo with his own magazine. He still drinks milk, but refuses his night nappy because ''it makes my bum sore'', but I put one on when he''s asleep, cos we''ve had a few night accidents lately. But eventually your little one will feel uncomfortable with nappies too.
Good Luck.

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