You are saying a physician instructed you to feed a toddler Crystal Light?
If he is really drinking a gallon of it a day, there is no chance that he's eating enough food to provide him with the proper nutrition.
At two, all a child actually NEEDS to drink is water (and breastmilk, if possible). There is absolutely no medical reason to provide juice of any kind, and certainly no reason that a diet drink would be recommended--even if your child was overweight, I find it hard to believe a doctor would recommend it at all.
I got tired of my signature, but I still love my children and husband and miss my little brother.
I am at the suggestion of Crystal Light. Who is that quack?! I'm sorry that was suggested to you. You can't take back what's already been done, so try not to dwell. Sure the chemicals in that and other non-natural beverages aren't the greatest, but try not to worry.
I agree with the water suggestion. And juice is fine in small amounts, too, imho.
Jean, feminist mama raising three boys: W (7), E (5) and L (2.15.13)
Health & tooth wise, I'd think juice is better than crystal light and koolaid.
I'd suspect water and stuff like unsweetened herbal tea (chamomile, mint) would be ideals better than juice, and possibly smoothies better than juice as well (being mushy like applesauce, they'd be less likely to really coat teeth the way juice does and usually pack more nutrition). If you need convenience smoothies, the packet ones they make for kids would be decent.
we only have water here. i would really be concerned about the long term consequences to drinking all those chemicals. i second water down juice if he wants something with flavor while he weans off the stuff
Unassisted birthing, atheist, WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids 17, 11, 6, 3
I hate doing juice but DD loves it and I water it down. I always have a water bottle with me, so DD always wants some too. I just returned some pedialyte that had splenda in it yet the label ALL OVER the pkg said "natural ingredients" ugh!
Try gently weaning off the stuff by gradually removing. Rather then cold turkey. Try coconut milk from a can watered down with some honey or cinnamon. Tazo makes a YUMMY passionfruit iced tea that my DD chugs! HTH!
Mama + Daddy +DD (12/20/09) =
Expecting #2 in September!
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