Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Michelle | 2011/01/10


Healthy Food- Kids

Hi Doc

How bad is acid coldrink for kids...I do not allow my 9 year old to have acid cold drink like coca cola and fanta ect...I guess he feels left out because other kids have it, I also dont allow too much junk food.

I would like to show him what bad food does to him and make him understand that I am just doing what is good for him. I find that his granparents tend to give him what ever he wants and make him keep it away from me, they even told me infront of him that he will hate me one day. They dont let me teach him good things like respect or shout at him when he is being rude, they always butt in....

I feel it has strained our relationship and he is not longer close to me...he always wants to go to his cousins or his granparents..

Expert's Reply



Your son's grandparents are being very unfair and are undermining your authority with your son. You are trying to teach him good habits and healthy eating habits which is very good. These colddrinks contain lots of sugar, artificial flavourants, possibly caffeine and are very acid. You are right to advise your son that he should drink healthy drinks in preference.As your son's mother he should definitely listen to your advice. You will have to be firm with his grandparents. If they do not respect your wishes regarding your son's diet then he cannot visit them until they are prepared to do so.

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