My 2.5yo suddenly stopped eating or drinking any dairy products about 4-6 weeks ago. He's had cows milk since 1yo, and his fave foods used to be yoghurt & cheese. He'd have a big cup of milk every morning without fail.
He's now refusing cheese & yoghurt, and barely touches his milk in the morning.
I've tried A2 milk, no change. Also tried lactose free yoghurt, no change. He ate/drank it but has refused it since then.
Any ideas what may be going on??
Any suggestions for dairy milk alternatives that are good sources of calcium?
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17-01-2016 13:29 #1
2.5yo suddenly off Dairy?
17-01-2016 14:02 #2
What about making a smoothie? That has milk & yogurt as well as fruit....
Pizza? With melted cheese or aan which with melted cheese and ham?
17-01-2016 14:06 #3
Some plant based sources of calcium are broccoli, chia seeds, oranges, tahini and navy beans (like in baked beans).
We don't have much dairy here (except cheese DS is addicted) so I just make sure he gets a varied diet as we don't need much calcium anyway our bodies adapt to what we take in.
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17-01-2016 15:02 #4
My girls don't have a lot of dairy, really just some milk on their breakfast, and some cheese at lunch. Sometimes yoghurt, but probably only once a week on average. If your 2.5 year old eats a good diet otherwise, you shouldn't need to worry. I use other sources of calcium in our diet frequently - chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds and almonds.
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17-01-2016 15:18 #5
Pancakes also, you can hide the cheese in there and almond meal
17-01-2016 17:21 #6
2.5yo suddenly off Dairy?
DS has never had milk as a drink and as pp said there really are plenty of dairy free sources if his diet is varied - I add chia seeds or sesame seeds to everything , seafood ( prawns/crab/octopus/salmon/sardines ( especially tinned with the bones) are great sources of calcium , hummus ( with tahini) or tzatiki ( with greek yogurt) are great for snacks with veggie sticks plus almond or other nut butters on bread or crackers plus you could add a slice of cheese to his sandwiches , all fruit has small amounts ( oranges are a good source) and all veggies have calcium with the green ones being the best
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17-01-2016 17:37 #7
2.5yo suddenly off Dairy?
We are the same as Elijah's mum, don't drink milk. As soon as they stopped breastfeeding/formula at 12 months they went to water. They'll have Greek yoghurt and cheese sometimes but other than that they get everything they need out of a clean, healthy diet.
I wouldn't be too concerned about going off it, could be anything to do with causing belly pains, had to much or over eating it so much.
Last edited by BabyG4; 17-01-2016 at 18:35.
17-01-2016 18:12 #8
I wouldn't be too worried either...plenty of foods have enough calcium in a varied diet.
Dark green veg, almonds, tinned fish with bones (like tinned salmon), fortified foods (soy milk with calcium, tofu with calcium, some fortified cereals), broccoli, chickpeas, white beans, dried figs.
If you use dairy in cooking, that's another way to up the calcium
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17-01-2016 18:26 #9
Thanks everyone for your advice and suggestions
Unfortunately DS has a very limited diet. He's had 4 really serious bouts of gastro (hospitalised each time), and each time has further reduced the foods he will eat. We're down to 2 fruits, 2 veges, 3 types of meat, and grains. I do try to hide stuff in baking. He also won't eat any foods that are mixed (casseroles, etc), or anything with rice. Sandwiches get deconstructed before they are eaten, so no hiding things there!
I've found a dietician who specialises in fussy children, so will give her a call on Monday.
In the meantime I might try to hide some chia seeds in some baking and try to give him almond milk...
Sigh! Fussy kids are so frustrating
17-01-2016 18:59 #10
Bugger, that makes it a lot harder. Hope the dietitian has some helpful suggestions!
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