6 year old and baby bottle. help!

I'm new to this forum so apologies if I have posted in the wrong section.

I have a 6-year-old daughter with autism. She is non-verbal, not toilet trained and suffers anxiety. 

Among the million worries I have for her is her addiction to her baby bottle. She will only drink milk and only from her baby bottle.

We have tried:

cold turkey x2- both times she ended up in hospital with dehydration.

Watering her milk down gradually.

Milk in cup and water in the bottle.

Every style of cup/beaker possible.

We have given her sensory chews.

Her teeth have suffered for this and the school (inclusion unit) refuse her the bottle in school, which I understand but with the warmer weather, it's worrying.

We are seeking help from a psychologist but in the meantime any advise would be hugely appreciated.

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  • Hi NAS37607,

    I am sorry to hear about your daughter's situation, it sounds very distressing for you all.  You may like to contact our Autism Helpline team who can provide you with information and advice . You can contact the team via telephone on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm). Please note that the Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor. Alternatively, should you prefer to send a message, you can do so via their webform:


    I hope you find something that is helpful to you all. Please feel free to reply if you want any additional advice.

    Kind regards,

    Heather - Mod

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