My son drinks A LOT making it hard to potty train

Michael Conley - posted on 08/01/2013 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My son Damien is 3years 10months, he is starting to worry his mother and I because of how much he drinks...He was around a little under 2 years old when we potty trained him but then we moved in with family and his potty training went out the window.....however before we started potty training him he would always ask for something to drink....day time and in the middle of the night......he would soak through even the most absorbent diapers....he was getting up to go potty in the middle of the night and would wake up dry to the point where we stopped buying diapers all together....Then we moved and we had to start putting him back in diapers even during the day. He would ask us for something to drink around every 5 to 10 min but even when we would give him more than enough to fill him up he would get mad at us when we told him he couldn't have anything else to drink for a while....Its gotten so bad that he is now 3 years 10months old and he has been wearing pullups during the day and night....Our problem now is we don't know what to do because with him drinking so much its getting hard to keep tabs on the time period when he should be and usually did go potty on his own....I just want to know if there is someone out there who has experienced this and found a solution to the drinking problem. Im his 29 year old father and he drinks around 3 times the amount that I drink in a day. We just want to know how to control this drinking problem and be able to have a set schedule to get him potty trained again.....He is going to be 4 years old in 2 months and starting school and he cant go to school if he isn't potty trained

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Oana - posted on 08/06/2013

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Diabetes. There must be other symptoms as well, like tiredness, poor sleep, vision problems. Good luck.

Lori - posted on 08/06/2013

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While I read ur post, all that kept running thru my mind is diabetes. Seriously, have him checked. I work with kids n although at times from extensive play, they can drink alot, what u have posted is way in excess for necessary hydration. My mom was the same way. Could never get enough to drink. Constantly had to have something n constantly going to the bathroom. I told her to go to the dr n get checked for it n sure enough she had it bad n her levels were over 400. Get him to the dr for tests asap! Always better to be on the safe side.

Sandy - posted on 08/06/2013

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He needs to be evaluated by your pediatrician. Since this has been going on for quite a while it is not likely diabetes mellitus (juvenile diabetes) but it sounds a lot like diabetes insipidus which is entirely different. Diabetes insipidus is either a problem with the production of antidiuretic hormone (central diabetes insipidus) or kidney's response to antidiuretic hormone (nephrogenic diabetes insipidus), Not enough production of ADH (antidiuretic hormone) is a common cause of bedwetting in children. There are prescriptions available to replace ADH which in turn helps with the polydyspsia (excessive drinking) and the frequent urination.

Laurie - posted on 08/06/2013

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He needs to be checked for diabetes. He has all the symptoms. Need to get him in to his pediatrician right away

Heather - posted on 08/05/2013

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My son had similar issues. The first thing I am going to recommend is to take him to a Doctor to have him tested for Juvenile Diabetes. One of the signs of it is unquenchable thirst. My husband has it and that was what gave his mother a red flag.

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Eleanor - posted on 08/08/2013

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I would check for diabetes. But if it is not, try a pee alarm. It hooks to the underwear and at first sign of moisture it buzzes. It trains the brain to wake up (or be aware) of signals when the bladder is full. My daughter also could soak through any diaper. But in 3 days she was out of a diaper.

Dedra - posted on 08/07/2013

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I know that bribing them with candy or something sweet if they will go potty I heard it works but my son will be 4 in November and he wont potty train there is a headstart that can help with potty training that wat im trying its my last option cause he refuses to trt and use the potty. I understand its hard being a young parent me and husband was parent at 18 and he was 16 its hard sometimes hope this help a little. Good luck

Laurie - posted on 08/06/2013

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I agree with many of the other ladies about getting him checked for diabetes. My niece was diagnosed with it around age 7. My daughter who is a couple year older than her noticed her cousin was thirsty all the time. My mother was babysitting both of them daily. My niece was a very heavy baby but about a year before she was diagnosed she really started dropping weight and couldn't get enough to drink. I don't know if you know anyone who has diabetes but it isn't something you want to play around with because the side effects of being untreated are very serious. Hopefully it will be something else with an easier fix, but the sooner you get him checked the better.

Allyson - posted on 08/06/2013

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Some of the signs of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes include:
• being very thirsty
• urinating often
• feeling very hungry or tired
• losing or gaining weight without trying
• having sores that heal slowly
• having dry, itchy skin
• losing the feeling in your feet or having tingling in your feet
• having blurry eyesight

Johnetta - posted on 08/05/2013

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Have you guys had him tested for diabetes? Im not saying he has it but would be something I would get him checked out for, the reason I asked is because of his excessive thirst and all the urinating, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes back in 2000 and I had all of the symptoms I wasn't as thirsty but I was going to the bathroom like every ten to fifteen minutes every night, all night long finally I had enough I was missing out on my sleep, so I went to the doctor and that's what I was told, so please have him checked out if you haven't already!

Jen - posted on 08/05/2013

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Children need routine and structure you have moved house twice which is hard enough for a child let alone potty trainning at the same time. There is no point in getting mad at him because he will just go backwards. I would cut all drinks from 2 hours before he goes to bed and in the day get him a alarm clock with his fav toy on spiderman etc and set it for every 15 mins and be all excited with him like wow your special clock has gone off time to goo wee wee sing dance read stories. The more relaxed you are the more relaxed he will be.

Karen - posted on 08/04/2013

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Like everyone else ... have him checked for diabetes. Excessive thirst is a stong indicator.

Helen - posted on 08/04/2013

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As he has shown that he does know how to control his bladder I would be getting him checked for diabetes as well, and also asking about any other medical conditions that could be causing the excessive drinking.
If there is nothing wrong with him, or when any medical issues have been sorted out, then this needs to be taken in hand.
Firstly I would try to find out if anything if worrying him (using play can help with this - I used play-dough figures with my 4 yo the other day to try and get some info across to him, and got some great incite while we were playing!). Was the move excessively stressful? (I ask because from what you say that seems to be the point at which things seem to go backwards) Or is there anything else around that time that could have triggered the regression?
If you do draw something out of him then that will help you know what to do to give him his confidence back.
Either way, give lots of reassurance, and explain that drinks are going to be limited. This can go one of two ways - either put the amount of fluid he needs for the day into a bottle or jug and tell him he can drink as much as he likes, but when the jug/bottle is empty there is no more OR tell him that he can only have drinks at certain times of the day (for us that would be meal times, mid morning and mid afternoon) and he can have 1 or 2 drinks each time (making sure he has enough to drink over the day and more on hot days). After getting him used to the change of drinks regime, start the potty training again - either with pants or nothing on the bottom half, whichever you and he are more comfortable with.
Use LOTS of praise when he does use the potty and say nothing when he misses, just clean up, and on to the next thing. Also use whatever rewards work for you son.

Remember that most children are potty trained eventually, unless there is a serious medical issue.

Stay positive and remember it will happen :)

Ann - posted on 08/04/2013

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The key words here are soaking through the most absorbent diapers, and "He would ask us for something to drink around every 5 to 10 min but even when we would give him more than enough to fill him up he would get mad at us when we told him he couldn't have anything else to drink for a while". It doesn't sound as if Michael is depriving his son. A key symptom of diabetes is excessive thirst and excessive urination. I'm an RN, I don't want to alarm any one, but it is worth getting checked out. The test a simple blood test. I am just concerned about the child and am trying to be helpful.

Ann - posted on 08/04/2013

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Your son is almost four years old, well beyond the developmental age of potty training. He has shown that he can do it. I would get him checked out for any problems due to excessive thirst and urination. If there are no problems, then it is time for a family meeting regarding when your son gets fluids, and how often. Yes find a reward that he likes, big boy pants with his favourite characters on it, stickers, whatever. But first, you really need to get your son checked out.

Melynda - posted on 08/04/2013

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Don't worry to much about it. Uve still got plenty of time. I have 2 boys and 2 girls and I've found that the boys took a bit longer to get that bladder control they need to have a dry night. I would keep him in pull ups but only for night time. He needs to start using the potty during the day. I found a potty sticker chart to work the best. Every time he uses the potty he gets to put a sticker on his chart after so meny stickers i rewarded with a dollar store prize! Good lucky mommy. Remember he will get this down sooner or later.

Jodi - posted on 08/04/2013

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Why would you get "mad" at a child for wanting to drink water? If a child needs water, they need water. Who are we, as parents, to say they are drinking more than they "need"? How do we know that?

Mary Kay - posted on 08/04/2013

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Better have the kid checked out by a doctor. Excessive drinking at such a young age is a strong indicator of a health problem.
If he is healthy, then you will just have to let him get 'mad' at you for not giving him more liquid than he needs. You are the parent.

Minet - posted on 08/02/2013

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If you have him checked for diabetes and if its negative, then here's a potty training trick calling plan to stay at home for an entire week and let him run around completely naked. When he goes potty he will see its going on the floor and running down his legs and he will start getting the clue that it's time to to the potty. This is how I trained both of my children, one boy and one girl. Good luck to you and I hope everything turns out okay.

Firebird - posted on 08/01/2013

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I guess I could have read the other responses before I posted. lol If you don't know, Michael, Type 1 diabetes is often called Juvenile Diabetes as well.

Firebird - posted on 08/01/2013

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You should have him checked for juvenile diabetes, my cousin was diagnosed when we were 8 and my gods did that girl ever drink a lot when we were kids.

Jodi - posted on 08/01/2013

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My first thought was diabetes too......you should get him checked for it.

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Have you had him checked for Type I Diabetes? This is NOT the diabetes that kids get from being overweight or eating too much sugar or milk. Type I Diabetes is caused by defective Beta Cells, which convert sugar into cells. The reason I ask is because testing is often not done routinely on children as young as your son, but one of the first signs is excessive thirst, and it sounds like your son is drinking way more than he should be at this age.

It is common for previously trained children to regress when they move or their routine changes dramatically. Your son is still in the normal range for boys, but the excessive drinking is worrisome. Try eliminating the pull-ups during the day, and having him go potty every 15 minutes. Gradually increase the time and he will relearn the signs and start going on his own again, but if he has to go so often it is bothering him, he will have difficulty. Definitely ask your doc about the test. Insurance should cover it, and if not, it is a very inexpensive test.

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