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drinking from a straw vs just a cup

daughter is three
she drinks from a cup with a straw
does this deliver the watered down juice straight to teeth?
is it worse than a regualr cup

she is a freak for juice!
she has autism and her diet reflects that, quick calories for extra energy she needs
sensory seeker and autism, nutruionist at autism PhD office expalined her need for quic calories..carbs, fruit juice etc converts to sugars for her energy needs, so she cravest his
i get that, i water down the juice
but is juice through a straw worse for her teeth, better or no different than having watered down juice drank with a cup (no sippy cup, just regular cup)

please save the bashing, she is not on a bottle or sippy cup etc etc etc

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Asked by fiatpax at 3:53 PM on Dec. 5, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • the straw is fine, the juice won't cause the cavities the way fruit snacks will. I do understand what you are going through my oldest was autistic but it was changed to Asperger's

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 3:59 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • Her teeth are not the only thing this much juice is affecting --it's a sugar-dense, nearly nutrient free food that is displacing real food from her diet (or being added to the calories she needs, making her a perfect candidate for childhood obesity)... children who are allowed to displace food with juice end up shorter... and are much more likely to be malnourished.

    She should not be buying the groceries or making the decisions about what is available to choose from in your home. Even if she has a temper tantrum for a week over there being no juice, it would be better than letting her be in charge of decisions she can't possibly understand.

    What if she's a freak for tobacco when she's 8?

    If you want the transition to be smoother, start watering the juice down more and more until what is coming out of the fridge is water. And then stop buying it. No one needs juice at all, ever.

    Answer by LindaClement at 3:59 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • I think drinking from straw is worse than a regular cup but don't stress yourself out about it. My 3 year old daughter still drinks from a sippy cup sometimes. As long as you brush her teeth really good and get regular dental check ups she should be fine.  If it makes you feel better have her rinse her mouth out with water when she is down with her juice. 


    Answer by lilysmom2607 at 4:02 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

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