How much fluid do 19 month olds need in a day?

Brittney - posted on 04/29/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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She gets 12 ounces of milk (whole milk) for breakfast, what she doesn't drink she gets for snack. She eats only fresh fruits and vegetables and they have a lot of water in them. (fluid total of about 20 ounces a day) She doesn't get juice (too much sugar) very often and if she does it is apricot nectar 1/2 juice and 1/2 water for a total of 4 ounces. She pees about 14 times a day if not a bit more (so she isn't dehydrated). My mom tells me she needs more fluid, but even 4 extra ounces she is constantly in the bathroom (goes from 12+ trips to the potty to 20+) and then she doesn't want to go potty because it takes up her whole day. (or so I assume) She tends to have an accident, which is not like her, more often if she gets more fluid and a few times a couple months ago, complained that she had pain down there. I took her to the doctor and she told me that sometimes the constant need to use the bathroom causes irritation. She stays dry for her 2-3 hour nap and sometimes all night (were still working on that a little). She doesn't drink plain water and never tells me she is thirsty (she communicates if she is hungry or thirsty). I know she is teething right now (darn canine teeth) but she has never liked too much fluid, she likes her solids too much.

How much fluid per day? I know there are limits on juices and milk (no more than 20 ounces of milk and no more than 4 ounces of diluted juices)

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Bethany - posted on 05/01/2012

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If her urine is a clear colour and she is urinating frequently she is fine.

Chrystal - posted on 04/29/2012

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My 22 month old son has 16oz of soy milk, 4 oz of juice, and 4-6 cups of water in a day. If she's not dehydrated which clearly sounds like she's not than she's getting enough liquids and I wouldn't worry about it.

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