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My kids don't have any food allergies, but my 16 month old nephew does have MFA, including wheat(highly, peanut (highly), milk, soy, egg (highly), sesame, berries, kiwi, nuts, fish, shellfish, Pineapple, Coconut, and Chocolate (and of course, possibly others).

Anyways, I am trying to introduce my kids into some foods and drinks that are what we call Andy friendly. However, my kids are pretty picky when it comes to some things. When it comes to beverage, my 21 months old daughter will drink water, but she won't seem to touch to any other juices my SIL has at her home. My almost 3 yr old son won't touch anything my SIL has at her home either (not even water). Since we've started going there more often, and since my son drinks a lot of juice, it's important to me to find something that works. They've had reactions to Gateraide so that's out. Any suggestions? My kids LOVE lemonade (pink preferably) if anyone knows of any safe lemonade mixes that would be ok. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 29, 2007

Water....it's the safest and healthiest. I don't think it would be weird to just drink water when you are there, just an idea. Juice is like drinking pop, sooo much sugar. hope I don't sound rude...

I did daycare for 3 yrs and the kids just drank water, each child had their own colored cup and water was avaiable ALL day...they had milk with meals.

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

On Jan 29, 2007

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Originally posted by chanda4: [b]Water....it's the safest and healthiest. I don't think it would be weird to just drink water when you are there, just an idea. Juice is like drinking pop, sooo much sugar. hope I don't sound rude...

I did daycare for 3 yrs and the kids just drank water, each child had their own colored cup and water was avaiable ALL day...they had milk with meals.

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At the risk of sounding like one of those parents (the ones mentioned in another thread who say things like their kids only eat PB), my son is very picky about his drinks - it really is his obsession. And he really will not drink water. Really, he won't. Normal kids will even drink their bath water - not him. He will not drink water. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

On Jan 29, 2007

Thanks for being so aware and concerned for your nephew -- he is one lucky kid!

You could make homemade lemonade, that would be fun.

My kids used to drink juices and lots of juice boxes until I started learning how really unhealthy they are. I started by watering down the juices and adding ice, which they love! Now we only drink water, soy milk, OJ occasionally -- it has definitely made a difference in my younger son's weight!

------------------ mom to Ari(6) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (9), mild excema

On Jan 29, 2007

I know, water is hard to drink...that's why I started my kids young, lol!! I don't like water myself, but when I am a guest in someones home and they offer, I don't want to be rude, I drink water!

the homemade lemonade sounds good...my kids always get diarrhea from lemonade(I call them citrus-sensitive), so I'd ask your nephews mom first on that one. Good luck, maybe someone will drop an idea that will be perfect in this situation. ps, I agree, that is is nice you are thinking of him.

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

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On Jan 29, 2007

What about Welch's grape juice or apple juice? I even freeze these and make popsicles with it. We only have EA/PA but he likes it the best.

On Jan 29, 2007

Homemade lemonaide sounds great! I'll run the idea by my SIL and see what recipes I can find. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I used to have a juice machine - and then I gave it away because I never thought I'd use it. Wishing I'd kept it now. :P Okay, this maybe be a dumb question, I don't have the list in front of me b/c I never keep this in my house but have been considering it (b/c of the invisible formula), what about kool aid? Anyone know if this stuff is bad for FA?

On Jan 29, 2007

My kids only drink water and milk. I too do the colored cups and they are out for the taking all day long! We have just started to drink juice -when they get a juice box or something at someone else house. I too agree- Kudos to you for being so concerned and conscious of your nephews allergies. As far as your son drinking water, has your son ever liked water? Does the temperature make a difference? would he drink it if it has ice in it? My daughter went through a stage where she would only drink "really cold" water with ice in it. It was a pain because I always had to keep cold water in the fridge and pour that into her cup with ice. (we don't have a fridge with a water dispenser-too bad for me!) But the ice was a big hit. She got over that and now drinks water from the tap again.

Best of luck! Kara

On Jan 29, 2007

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Originally posted by KaraLH: [b]My kids only drink water and milk. I too do the colored cups and they are out for the taking all day long! We have just started to drink juice -when they get a juice box or something at someone else house. I too agree- Kudos to you for being so concerned and conscious of your nephews allergies. As far as your son drinking water, has your son ever liked water? Does the temperature make a difference? would he drink it if it has ice in it? My daughter went through a stage where she would only drink "really cold" water with ice in it. It was a pain because I always had to keep cold water in the fridge and pour that into her cup with ice. (we don't have a fridge with a water dispenser-too bad for me!) But the ice was a big hit. She got over that and now drinks water from the tap again.

Best of luck! Kara[/b]

As far as I know, he has never liked water. He does attend a nursery during church, I'll have to talk to them and see if he drinks water during nursery. (I'm also a nursery teacher for a different age group so I know we only serve water.) But my son has certain expectations and those are his securties so to speak. So if he doesn't like a certain drink, he will not even touch that cup again. I feel sorry for my SIL because when she watches my son, I am certain he is a pain because he LIVES for his cup and to not have what he expects or enjoys in there is like the end of his world. The last time I sent them over there, i sent water bottles (I was hoping for the "big boy" approach) which his sister enjoyed but he would not touch. I found some awesome lemonade recipes on Foodtv.com that I emailed her and am awaiting her reply on them. Should I post them here in case anyone else could benefit from them?

On Jan 29, 2007

Thank you for looking for ways to keep your nephew safe.

See if the family feels comfortable with these products: Welch's Grape Juice, Motts Apple Juice, Motts Apple-Grape Juice, Apple & Eve Apple Juice, Tropicana OJ, Country Time Lemonade. Read the labels, but I don't think these products contain the allergens that you listed.

On Jan 29, 2007

Any of the powdered drink mixes (pink lemonade, KoolAid, etc.) are mostly chemicals. They do usually contain corn - but I don't see that on your nephew's list, so they should be fine for him. You might watch out for berries in the pink lemonade - I know some are strawberry flavored - probably not any natural berry, but better safe than sorry. Also watch out for the berry and kiwi flavors of KoolAid for the same reason.

Thank you for going the extra mile to keep your nephew safe. Wish I knew more people like you in real life!

Rebekah

On Jan 29, 2007

If the fruit juices mentioned above are safe for your nephew, try mixing them with seltzer (carbonated) water. Either flavored or plain, mix 1/4 juice, 3/4 of the water or 1/2 and 1/2. You can adjust to taste. My kids do this and I've tasted it and it tastes good if you want something carbonated without drinking soda.

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