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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Kitty | 2008/01/07

Q.

Too much milk

My LO is 16 months, and I know he drinks too much milk. Cow's milk seems to be too rich for him, so I only give him Nido 1+ (but only 2 tablespoons in 250ml - or he vomits, too rich?).

When he is at nursery school he has one bottle on waking, one bottle at school, one to go to sleep at night, and one or two during the night. Since we've been back from holiday, he has an extra one during the night. He has been eating solids okay: has cereal for breakfast, biscuits for snack, bread or veg for lunch, yoghurt for snack and veg or Purity Night Porridge for dinner. Also has cheese during the day. He seemed to go off veg a bit during the holidays, but seems to be eating them again now.

I have to change him 2 or 3 times a night, because he is drinking so much milk, his nappies can't hold all the wee, so his clothes and mattress end up wet. (Also, he has a nappy rash which makes night times worse).

I tried to give him water during the night, but he just throws it aside and cries. How should I reduce his milk intake, which seems to be worse at night?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

He is definitely drinking too much milk at this stage. Only give him one bottle of milk at night and stop the bedtime bottle.Try other fluids with him such as rooibos tea and diluted fruit juice, but not at night.

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