hi my daughter is 3 in june and still on toddler step 3 karicare gold formula, she is still on this because she is one very fussy eater and wont drink cows milk on its own, when i do half cows milk half her formula she will gets the runs and get sick.
Can you please help me, should i leave her on it pass the age of 3?? or is there something else i can put her on??
it can be a tricky thing when a toddler or preschooler gets stuck on milk or formula, it is a bit of a catch-22 in that you want them to get some good nutrition but then formula can in fact interfere with her appetite. Firstly, it is better that your little one is one formula and not cows' milk as it has a number of nutrient issues that make it even less suitable. So don't be tempted to switch to that, it will be like going from the fire to the frying pan.
I would chat to your child health nurse or a good childhood consultant about how best to make the move away from a liquid diet. The other option is a paediatric speech pathologist who works in the area of feeding and swallowing. It might be good to just check how well she has is able to deal with chunky food, at least you can rule out such issues before launching into the transition.
It may be a little like getting rid of a soother, though more stressful given the nutritional issues, so I personally would recommend doing it with a good health care professional behind you. It would be ideal to make a start as soon as you can. The longer you leave it the more attached your preschooler will become and potentially their may be more issues in terms of teeth, jaw and oral muscle development.
Certainly there are products for children who are underweight but I am gathering this isn't an issue. Food is your best way to ensure nutritional adequacy, I understand with a fussy foodie this can be hard, but persevere. See also tip sheet on fussy eating:
Also below is a list of clinics that might help.
Feeding clinic links :
Tresillian – http://www.cs.nsw.gov.au/tresillian/resources.htm
Speech pathologists - http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/Default.aspx?p=3
I hope that helps and all the best, it will pass and things will be fine
15 Mar 2010