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Food and Nutrition

Feeding at Night

Sravani
1 to 3 years

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Updated on Sep 20, 2013

My son is 17 months old and he still requires bottled milk during his night sleep.. How can I avoid this?   Totally I give 600ml (200ml X 3 times) per day of cow milk. 2 during day time and 1 during his sleep.   If I try to give water instead of milk, he throws the bottle and demands milk. Help me!

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Shikha Batra

| Sep 20, 2013

Hi Sravani! It is quite normal for children to demand milk at night! U shd change diaper just before sleeping so there shd be no need to change it before morning I. e for around 5 -6 hours. As AM rightly suggested try incorporating things during dinner time which are nutritious as well as filling at around 8 p. m. And then milk before sleeping so that child does not demand milk before morning. Hope his helps!

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Sravani

| Sep 20, 2013

Thanks Dyuti and AM for the ideas!!

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AM

| Sep 20, 2013

I wud suggest you to give him ...solid heavy food for dinner.. so tht he wont feel hungry if his tummy is full. I did the same.

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AM

| Sep 20, 2013

I think its normal. but for my son i used to change in d mrg time only but tht he was les than one yr. As the child grow the urine qtty is also more. Whn my son was less thn two... I used to change his diaper every 4-5hrs as he used to tk lot of liquid.

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Dyuti

| Sep 20, 2013

Dear Sravani. Some children just love milk! It is completely normal but it is said that a child should take a maximum of 500 ml of milk per day including milk products. If your son is otherwise eating well, then it is ok to give 200ml for now but it is better if you try to reduce if slowly. You could gradually reduce it to 175ml, then 150, then 125 and 100. He may not notice the change in quantity. I think you need not worry too much about this for now. He may suddenly stop asking for it and sleep through the night :)

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Sravani

| Sep 20, 2013

Thanks for replying Am. But I need to change his diaper in the middle of night, as he takes milk before sleeping once, and once during his sleep. Is this normal behaviour for all kids?

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AM

| Sep 20, 2013

but the qtty was less... abt 100-150ml each time.

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AM

| Sep 20, 2013

I think it is so good... till the time he's wearing diaper at night. Once the child wud toilet trained... then u hv to stop dis. I used to give 2times(he used to sleep 7pm-7am) at night. and one time bottle early mrg by 6am or so.... and during day time only solid.

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