Maybe a weird question, but can a toddler drink too much?

Sylvana - posted on 12/29/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old son drinks 2 bottles of milk each of 270 ml and 3-5 beakers of 250 ml of water with a bit of concentrate. Other toddlers I know don't drink that much, so I'm started to wonder if maybe I'm giving him too much. Can somebody help me out?

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Tabby - posted on 12/29/2010

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My daughter drinks 2 sippys of 8 oz of whole milk and 1 8 oz sippy of formula during the day. I also fill a sippy of water in the morning and leave it on a table she can reach. She'll drink it throughout the day and if I notice it's empty I just fill it up for her. I always heard of toddlers not drinking enough so I also make sure to give her the option to drink something. The doctor said when she's had enough to drink she won't drink anymore, which makes sense. Some days I have to fill up the water sippy 3 times a day and some days she won't need it refilled at all. I will say at her last doctor appointment they had to draw blood and they said judging by her veins and how easy it was to find a vein and then actually draw the blood, she is much more hydrated than the average 1 year old.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/29/2010

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IMO if it effecting proper eating, yes. They can indeed have too much juice, water is the best IMO just by itself. If it is not effecting what he is eating, just go with what he wants.

Firebird - posted on 12/29/2010

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That doesn't sound like too much. But if you're concerned definitely ask his doctor about it. Excessive drinking is a symptom of diabetes, but that alone isn't enough to raise concern. Your description of what he drinks doesn't sound too unlike what my daughter drank at that age. If he's a busy little bee, he will tend to get thirsty more often than kids who aren't quite as active.

Jaime - posted on 12/29/2010

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its good that your son drinks a lot!! no dehydration for that lil one...lol. if hes eating solids well (not getting too full of fluids) and has a healthy weight i would not sweat it. let him drink. i would do my best to curb his drinking in the eve just to make potty training easier in the future :)

Vanessa - posted on 12/29/2010

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I'd go with what he wants ---- his body will tell him when he needs fluid. I'd get rid of the concentrate in all but one beaker of water ---- this will ensure he's drinking because he needs the water, not needing the sugar.
do you actually give it to him? perhaps let him determine when to drink by leaving it somewhere accessible.

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Sylvana - posted on 12/30/2010

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Thanks everyone! :)
It doesn't affect his eating and I only use a tiny bit of concentrate so I don't think he gets too much sugar. It was just all the surprised faces and reactions of parents around me that worried me a bit, as their kids don't even drink half as much as my son does. But I feel a lot better after reading your responses, so thanks again!

Heather - posted on 12/29/2010

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It doesn't sound like an overy great amount to me, around a half a gallon, if I'm converting correctly. Always ask the doctor though. However it has been my experience that many parents I knew when my kids were little didn't give their kids enough to drink for whatever reason, so maybe you child just looks like they drink a lot by comparison. Again, ask your doctor to be sure.

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