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Is your child turning away from milk? Does he find excuses to skip his morning or evening milk time? This becomes quite a common scenario as your child is introduced to other food items. It’s quite strange to see how many kids start disliking milk after a certain age.
Certainly forcing them to drink milk is not a solution but then giving up on milk is also not an ideal decision to take. Milk is an essential part of their everyday diet and they must have it daily without fail. Milk is the primary source of calcium and many other vital nutrients which aid in your child’s body growth and development. If milk isn’t taken in the needed quantity, your child is likely to face some health issues, especially the ones related to bones. Growth of the bones will get hampered resulting into weaker bones.
Low bone density can lead to osteoporosis later in life. In fact, research says that 25% of children who keep away from milk are prone to bone fractures before 8 years of age, most of which are caused by small trips or falls.
Thus you see that making your child drink milk on a daily basis is very important. But the question is how to do that without forcing them. Well, the following tips will help you out with this and let you encourage your child to drink milk.
1. Is taste causing the trouble?
Now that your child is getting to experiment with various other foods, there are chances that the taste of milk isn’t pleasing him anymore. If it’s because of the taste that your child isn’t drinking milk, try the following:
Kids learn what they see elders in the family doing. If milk isn’t a part of your diet, it’s quite likely for your child also to stay away from it. This is how you will have to sort this problem out:
Milk is very important part of your child’s diet and it should become his habit naturally. Never force him to drink milk, just make sure that he is given it the way he likes. Make milk a healthy choice for everyone in the family so that your child can learn the right thing!