Do they really help? Is there anyone else out ther in this age group who suffers from this problem? it started at 12 when he was under severe stress.
Just find ones he likes if it's not bananas. Potatos are very high in K, so is yogurt. I like bananas but they make me gag, so I'm not surprised he's rejecting them under force. Orange juice and tomato juice are both an excellent source, too. Search on the 'net and you'll find something he likes. What kid doesn't like fries and spaghetti sauce?
Hello. You probably have done this, but has your child's physician recommended potassium supplements? I know they are tricky and I would think your child has periodic blood tests so you know how it is going.
One item I suggest is some of the mineral drinks like Sobe, Gatorade and such. If you read the ingredients they have the amount of potassium in them. Some flavors more than others. Many do not have caffeine. Takes a bit of time to find, but a twelve year old would be great at that! Might make your child more compliant when picked out by him/her.
Salt substitutes are potassium too. I wouldnt recommend he use them in place of salt-they dont taste that great but salt substitute can be hidden in cooking. the Gatorade/Powerade idea is a good one since there is a lot of potassium in those sports drinks and most kids like them-probably because the advertising appeals to kids. Hypokalemia is very prevalent in patients who are vomiting. Has your child been vomiting? Is it possible he is vomiting to control his weight? Eating disorders commonly begin to show at this age-just a thought.
Have you tried banana nut bread, made with OJ? Try some recipes that he would like to eat. If his body truly needs potassium, he should crave some of these foods after he tries them. Natural is a much better way to go, rather than a medication, esp. at his age. He needs to learn what his body tells him, rather than suppress the craving with a pill. Just my opinion. Try some special recipes using the foods listed by Dzoo, and have him help cook with you!!
Hello beaton - This really shouldn't be a problem as far as foods rich in potassium. Bananas are not even at the top of the list... Raisins are.
Here are a bunch for to peruse: Salmon, Tuna, Cashews, Almonds, Apricots, Flax (ground flax is easy to put in cereal... nice, nutty flavor, too), Sunflower Seeds, Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Power (here's your chocolate milk treat), Avocados, Dried Coconut Flakes (excellent in cereal, too, unsweetened), Baked Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes, Yogurt and Spinach (fresh spinach salads are awesome)
So, it isn't so blah or bland for any age and this is just a few of them but at least are high in potassium.
I can imagine he wasn't feeling really well as I too was diagnosed with that at the same time I was diagnosed with Addison's Disease.
I wish you well and I hope this gives you some hope for things that a kid might enjoy eating...
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