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Dane - posted on 01/24/2009

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it may take a little while for things to work for you but i hope this helps or at least gives you some ideas....



my son used to do the same thing and what i did is put a small pop top drink bottle in his room half full with water, then told him that that was all he got to have till morning and to drink a little bit when he wakes up or he will wet his bed!



after a week i would put a little bit of lemon juice into the water and he would drink a little of it and leave the rest alone saying that he didn't want any more!



just test the amount of lemon juice you put into the water so it is not too strong (you only need to make him not want to have the middle of the night drinks not go off water forever!)



this worked for me in about 2-3 weeks and i hope it helps you please let me know and i will try to find out any more suggestions from others that may help



Dan'e Starr

Anne - posted on 01/24/2009

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Have you ever had your son checked for diabetes? One of the symptoms of diabetes is extreme thirst. Just a thought.

Brenna - posted on 01/24/2009

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It's a habit thing.  You have to let him cry it out if you want it to stop.  It will probably only take about 3 nights (agonizing, but don't give in!!!).  If you work, try starting on a Friday night. 

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Sarah - posted on 06/30/2014

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To the anonymous person who keeps looking at this get a life lol this was 5 years ago!

Rachel - posted on 01/10/2014

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my sons 22 month hes allways wanting a drink though the night its got that bad he ends up in bed with me because its that bad drives me up the wall im going to try the water thing ive got to start somewere

User - posted on 01/24/2009

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dont give him milk or sweet drinks when he wakes up give him water and  let him cry sometimes without giving him nothing  i know it is going to be hard but you have to go through it you have to be strong and consistant . good luck

Sanita - posted on 01/24/2009

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I agree with the water thing! thats what I had to do with my 2 year old also :) Good Luck!

Julie - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hello, Have you tried putting water in the cup. Most kids don't want it if its water. That's how I got mine to stop asking for juice in the middle of the night.

Tammy - posted on 01/24/2009

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Been there! I have a 4 yr old that went through this when he was about your sons age. We went to a sleep specialist when we first started investigating this behavior. That doctor told us that it was a habit and we should let him cry it out for a few nights and things would improve. He told us that he would make himself sick in his tantrums as well as beat his head on the door (which he did every bit of), but things would improve after about a week. When that didn't work, he had us go to GNC and get Chewable Cherry Flavor Melatonin (I think they were 5 mg tablets each) and give him 1 each night about 30 minutes before bedtime. In about 30 minutes after taking the Melatonin, he would fall asleep and sleep a longer period of time at night. This worked for a short time. To make a long story, we found out that my son had medical conditions which were causing this. So if the simple things don't work, I would seek advice from the doctor. My son has severe ADHD, High Blood Pressure and had Severe Acid Reflux Disease which he had surgery for 18 months ago. My son was getting on average 5-6 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period if you calculated the number of times he got up during the night. If I were in your shoes today with my past experience, I would definitely tough it out for a week and pray that it's a habit. He will improve in time and while I know it is tough on your body as a Mom to tough it out, it is better to determine it is a habit and correct it now so you and your entire household can get to a full nights rest. Another thing I would definitely do is stop putting him to bed with drinks. Prepare him that at a certain time each night (I tell my son an hour before bedtime), he is finished with drinks for the night. This helps with potty training and bed wetting if you are having issues with that as well. I now have the 4 yr old and an 8 month old and we have been sleeping through the night since she was 7 weeks. It's a nice feeling!

Sarah - posted on 01/24/2009

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thanks everyone 4 ur help didnt expect so many relys just shows us women stick 2gether lol

Natalie - posted on 01/24/2009

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Well, this probably isn't the answer you don't want to hear, but keep a lidded cup of water with him in bed and let him cry it out. We have an almost 3 year old who did that. After a week of us "ignoring" her cries, she stopped crying out. He doesn't really want a drink, he wants you to come in and console him but he needs to learn to do it himself. Good luck!

Jackie - posted on 01/24/2009

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I think if he is over two, then you need to just stop altogether giving drinks during the night.  You may have a few "sleepless" nights where he is upset, but this will only last a few nights and if potty training is in the future, than it is best to stop sooner, than later.  My daughter was like that with milk at 2, and my doctor told me that she shouldn't be drinking in bed anymore at all.  She really only was upset for 2 nights, and then was totally fine!!! good luck

Jackie - posted on 01/24/2009

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I think if he is over two, then you need to just stop altogether giving drinks during the night.  You may have a few "sleepless" nights where he is upset, but this will only last a few nights and if potty training is in the future, than it is best to stop sooner, than later.  My daughter was like that with milk at 2, and my doctor told me that she shouldn't be drinking in bed anymore at all.  She really only was upset for 2 nights, and then was totally fine!!! good luck

Jackie - posted on 01/24/2009

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I think if he is over two, then you need to just stop altogether giving drinks during the night.  You may have a few "sleepless" nights where he is upset, but this will only last a few nights and if potty training is in the future, than it is best to stop sooner, than later.  My daughter was like that with milk at 2, and my doctor told me that she shouldn't be drinking in bed anymore at all.  She really only was upset for 2 nights, and then was totally fine!!! good luck

Jessica - posted on 01/24/2009

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If it's juice or milk he's getting, change it to water.  Like lorraine said, start by diluting it, but within a few days work to water.  Also as she stated, reduce the amount.  It is probably more habit now than need.  Habits of course are hard to break.  So it may be a rough first week.  You can try putting the sippie cup with him in bed, but if it leaks he'll be wet and the sheets will need changing (last thing I want to do is change sheets in the middle of the night).  Putting a cup in bed with him won't break the habit either, if you don't break the habit of drinking at night it'll make potty training at night harder. 

Lorraine - posted on 01/24/2009

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Oh honey i feel for you and this is a hard one!! I'm new to this so i'm not sure it will help but...Ok the first thing is does he drink a lot during the day, if so i would get him checked by the doctor as a precaution. otherwise it sounds like it has become a comfort habit for him which may be hard to break, try reducing the amount he has during the night if its milk dilute it down with water. also try taking a bottle / sucky cup up to bed with him and put it next to him so if he wakes its right there and saves you a trip downstairs x also yhou could try taking away the drink to go to bed with, maybe a drink downstairs before he goes - Horlicks ( weak ) works a treat for my little one x i hope this has helped slightly

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I had one that went through that phase too!  I finally just started putting a water bottle (not a baby bottle, but a sports bottle) with water in it in the crib/next to the bed.  That way she learned that she didnt have to wake me (or anyone else) up crying in the middle of the night....funny...she is 12 now and still keeps a water bottle by the bed every night.  Interestingly enough, she never actually drinks out of it!

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