Have you ever offered your child something new for a treat and it is an instant addiction for them? Chloe went through a spell, as a toddler, when she wouldn’t drink water. I bought some of those flavor packs and would add them to her water. She loved them! Here is the issue…she will not drink plain water now. Oh well not here. She guzzles it at my parents house.
I have tried being tough and saying “We are out of flavor packs, you need to drink water”. She goes into full blown meltdowns and screams forever!! I am at a loss as to why she will drink it at my parents and not at home. She develops habits so quickly you can’t correct your mistake by the time you realize you made one. I am kicking myself over this one. So now I try to find flavor packs with zero sugar and no aspartame. I had to concede after her last fit, at bedtime, that I will have to let this run its course and let this be one of those things I let go.
So my advice is to not give you child, Autistic or not, something you don’t want them to want all the time. I hope someday she will get tired of the flavor and go back to plain water. I water it down now, so maybe someday she will stop wanting them.