Robert the Chocoholic

by Ava DeHerrera
(Pueblo CO)


My grandson absolutely has to have his chocolate milk when he wakes up in the morning or from a nap! I have to sing to him when he spends the night just to get him to calm down and tell him, "when I wake up" I'm going to have pancakes, bacon and chocolate milk; but I can't have it, until I go to sleep and wake up! He get's so excited and flopps all over the bed, wears his self out and has to sleep with his shirt and socks off, (always). He is a very picky eater, will eat when he wants too, he loves pizza and Apple Jacks cereal!


It has been very hard for my daughter as well as for the rest of the family. I am happy to know there are places to go for help with this disorder that we just recently found out that Robert was diagnosed with! Robert is now 3 1/2 years old, but he came into our lives at 3 weeks old. I thank God for him and we love him dearly. I give praise to my daughter Gidget for all her hard work and the big heart she has.

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Mar 19, 2010
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Jaxson the chocoholic
by: Anonymous

You just described my 3yr old grandson to a tee. He also drinks choc milk all day if we would let him, he will drink juice,and water but has to have choc milk at bed time he is also SPD but he has to wear socks at bedtime and flops an rolls and really hard to wind down at bedtime the T.V has to be on and yes some of his habits we take blame for because we give in to his demands,but his picky eating terrifies me. We live in a very small rural area and the nearest feeding clinic is over 200 miles away. We get tips and advice from this site and tried everything, I crush vitamins and put in his choc milk seems to help with appetite only eats a little more of his very limited diet. Have you tried choc flavored YooHoo? Those seem to help Jaxson especially when the choc milk causes constipation with him he will drink the YooHoo but prefers chocolate milk as matter fact ANY thing chocolate. Good Luck

Mar 15, 2010
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Texture a factor?
by: Anonymous

I am a food scientist and can maybe give some insight on the choc milk obsession - purchased chocolate milk usually has a fair amount of gum/starch in them. This gives them thickness, and helps to keep the cocoa particles suspended throughout the drink. Your grandson may prefer the added texture of the milk with the chocolate. You can buy instant thickeners at Walgreens to add to foods and beverages that are easy to use and can give you the increased mouthfeel he may crave.

You note he is very active when getting ready for bed - my 5 year old with SPD needs extra input, and is a lot more settled at bedtime with a 5 lb. weighted blanket. I also take it with us for stressful or overstimulating trips and it has helped us a ton.
Hope this helps!

Mar 12, 2010
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nutrition and SPD
by: Anonymous

What you describe is similar to my situation. Life is very difficult for children and family with SPD and this discomfort is greater when the field of nutrition. Try to choose food and distraction during the meal. Greetings.

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