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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Julie | 2005/07/18

Q.

When to stop the bottle

When do i stop giving my child the bottle? He is 19 months old and still wakes up for feeds, during the day he only has 1 bottle but at night he has about 4-5 bottles.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

He is not getting enough fluid during the day-remember that he needs to take between 120 and 150 ml for every kg he weighs per day. Sorting this out will reduce his frequent demands for his bottle at night.

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Posted by: Julie | 2005/07/20

Thank you SLC, i will definitely give it a try, from tonight.

Reply to Julie
Posted by: SLC | 2005/07/19

My recommendation would be to get him off the bottle during the night as he doesn't need it. Start watering the milk down more every night until it's eventually just plain water - he won't wake up for water & if he's genuinely thirsty then he'll drink the water.

My son is 21 months old & he has a bottle when he goes to bed at night & one when he wakes up in the morning - other than that, he just gets rooibos tea during the day or VERY diluted juice.

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