Sustained lows at night are sleep killers for our kids. I have discussed what we do for this before, but a recent post of @Thomas causes me to write this up as a separate thread:
@Thomas, I wonder if your daughter might be able to use a trick we use:
first, we use mostly milk at night: it is not quite as fast as juice but I figure it does not represent an excess of calories (since he needs to take milk everyday, and we adjust his milk consumption the next day to take into account his last night)
milk is supposed to be a sleeping drought, so it should tend help the kids sleep, except for the fact that they have to drink it—but…
we use a hermetically sealed cup with a straw. We gently rotate his face sideways to the pillow, put the straw in his mouth, and 90% of the time he just sips it without waking up. We will occasionally say “drink” if he stops…
if we are worried about his waking up, we warm the milk to lukewarm.
I make sure to insert the straw inside the ring of teeth, so as to minimize the impact on tooth decay as much as possible (@docslotnick, do you agree?).
We frequently have to use more than one drinking session. For us, each one is 4-6 ounces of skim milk, i.e. about 6-8 carbs. Occasionally, this may be much higher or much lower.
If I know that I will need A LOT OF CARBS, I reinforce the milk with chocolate milk powder, so that the boy won’t have to drink gallons. I will typically add 1x to 2x the carb load of the milk with chocolate milk powder, I always warm it up to lukewarm when I do that, so that to allow for a better mix for the powder (otherwise it remains gritty). For instance, a 6 oz glass of milk can go to 22-24 carbs that way.