Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Dad | 2010-02-23


Milk, Juice or ???

Hi Doc

My 2 yrs old is a very healthy weight but most Drs we bump into warn us that he is too heavy / big for his age. We have received so much advise that we dont know what to follow and we remain concerned. For the record, he is 27 months and weighs 20 kgs,

One bit of advice we received was to stop his milk intake and replace it with juice. He still gets dairy through yogurt but now drinks a lot of juice, albeit diluted. My concerns are whether his calcium/dairy intake is sufficient as he only eats ± 1/2 cups of yogurt per day and whether the juice is a healthy alternative given the sugar content. (we dilute the juice with 3 parts water).

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a boy of 27 months is 12kg. Your son should drink no more than two cups of milk per day. Fruit juice is rich in the natural sugars glucose and fructose. It is not a good idea to give him diluted fruit juice more than once a day.

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Posted by: blommie | 2010-03-02

my child is 1 year and 3 weeks, she drinks one bottle fresh milk after she bathed and then i have another bottle of lactogen ready for during the night, that is her milk fluids. during the day she gets cold rooibos tea, water or juice, yogurt, cheese, fresh fruit.

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Posted by: Jenny | 2010-02-25

What on earth makes you think that is a healthy weight?

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