Son is drinking a lot...

Amy - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )




My son is 18 months and drinks a lot. We just recently cut back on juice in hopes that he would stop having such full diapers. But he still drinks a lot of milk and water. Just this morning he drank an entire 8oz of milk in 15 min and then about 45 min later he chugged 8 oz of water. Is this normal for him to be so thirsty? Don't get me wrong- I am very glad that he is such a good drinker - but I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything. Any thoughts?


Maree - posted on 10/03/2013




my son, also 18 months drinks waaaay to much, like im talking 12-15 bottles a day, and i cant not give it to him cause all he will do is scream, even during the night he will wake up crying because he wants some juice, a whole bottle of diluting juice a day i have to buy, anyone have any idea why this might be or have the sdame problem?

Rosie - posted on 02/02/2010




all 3 of my boys have a condition called diabetes insipidus. it's not related to blood sugar like other diabetes, but it has to do with their kidneys and how they function. my son's kidneys clear everything out, in turn my boys feel like they are going to die of thirst if they don't get drinks. it's a never ending cycle of drinking a ton and peeing a ton. it has other symptoms-like vomiting, and failure to thrive. from what it sounds like this isn't the case with u, but maybe he has a mild case. just something to bring up with his doctor if u are concerned.

Jo - posted on 02/02/2010




My 2yr old son has always been a BIG drinker..and very heavy wetter. I always forget to ask his Pedi. I need to write it on my hand for next My dad thought about diabetes, but he doesn't have any other symptoms (salty skin, lathargic between meals) In my opinion, as long as it doesn't get in the way of their food intake it should be ok. I'm still gonna ask next time though.

User - posted on 02/02/2010




my son used to drink alot, he would go though about 15 bottles of water or juice a day. i think part of it was comfort drinking or boredom (he would drink more on rainy days). luckily, i threw all his bottles and sippy cup things away and now hes drinking from a normal cup and he doesnt drink as much! i think another part of it was that it was just easy for him to walk around with a drink in his mouth and playing with his toys! now he has to sit down to have his drink so he just doesnt drink as much!

Kristy - posted on 02/02/2010




id agree with the diabetes comment, our twin son is 2 and a half and if he was older and drank beer we'd be broke!!!! lol his daddy is an insulin dependant diabetic since he was 7 and its on both sides of the family 4 us. he wears huggies nappies, that have NEVER ever leaked etc thru the night and with him every mornin his bed is wet and even sometimes so much 2 the point HE is wet from top 2 bottom ive even been changing him in his sleep 2 try n stop the problem but its something to look into do any of ur family have a history of diabetes?? my other half knows more than i do about the diabetes subject and said it can skip a generation etc. he said also other symptoms to look out 4 is as above- drinking and wetting the bed thru the nappy, restlessness, shaking etc and being lethargic, hope this helps xxxx kristy


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Acheronxxiv - posted on 02/04/2015




My daughter had very similar symptoms.

She started out being very thirsty ALL the time.  Then she would be sick.

She would seem to get better for a few months then relapse.

After browsing the web for a long time after she became sick again, I noticed a trend regarding Type 1 Diabetes and increased thirst.

I took her to her pediatrician and inquired as to he thought Type 1 could be a possibility and he dismissed my concerns and said she looked like she nay be getting a throat infection (she'd been vomiting!).

One week later she started vomiting and could not stop.  I took her to the ER where they found her blood sugar to be 964 (normal is 80-120 and coma is possible over 600)!  Type 1 was confirmed immediately.

PLEASE if your child is displaying these symptoms INSIST your doctor does a glucose test.  You can also buy a Relion glucose meter and test strips for $25 at Walmart.   No prescription is necessary!

You need only the meter,  strips,  alcohol wipes, and a little finger lancet to draw a small drop of blood.  Remember that 80-120 is a normal sugar (very slightly higher after a meal is normal), anything over 200... go to the doctor!  I wish every day I had known how easily I could have just checked her myself and helped her sooner.

SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic Staff

Type 1 diabetes signs and symptoms can come on quickly and may include:

Increased thirstFrequent urinationBedwetting in children who previously didn't wet the bed during the nightExtreme hungerUnintended weight lossIrritability and other mood changesFatigue and weaknessBlurred visionIn females, a vaginal yeast infection

Amy - posted on 02/05/2010




I took my son to the dr yesterday. They checked his blood glucose and it was completely normal. Thank goodness. Thanks to all of you for your help.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/02/2010




My son, my daughter and my daycare kids all did this. The simplist solution was to not give cup until after eating half or more of whatever meal. Then you know he's filling up on food not milk. Also, cutting the sippy cup while walking habit (if it's there) helps tremendously. I had a daycare kid that would walk around sucking on a sippy because he was bored and he could. He'd drink SO much water/milk/juice that he wouldn't eat. My rule now here is ... eat/drink at the table/high chair.

Daniele - posted on 02/02/2010




Does his urine have any odor to it? Excessive thirst can be a sign of juvenile diabetes. It can also mean that he's just dehydrated. Try using a humidifier to help combat the drying effect that heaters have during the winter. He might also be drinking more if he's hungry. Try giving him a small snack with his water. He might drink less if his tummy is full.

Alisha - posted on 02/02/2010




its good for them to drink. if he goes to a daycare he will not be getting enough to drink and can be thirsty all night. my son does it when were home at night.

Rachel - posted on 02/02/2010




Definitely get him checked for diabetes, I know someone said that but the excess drinking is sometimes one of the only signs in babies and todddlers. Sleeping a lot is also a sign but is often over looked due to how happy we are when they sleep :] If he doesn't have diabetes I would say let him drink all he wants! As long as its healthy, why not??

Abbie - posted on 02/02/2010




My kid is a drinker too, the only really bad thing about it is it keeps them full and they don't eat very well. I don't worry about it too much as my son still eats . I would cut out juice as much as possible as they have found it to be not good for kids. Water adn milk I wouldn't worry about as much as long as he isn't consuming tons. I think they also drink more from their cups as they have to "suck" it out, its like drinking through a drink more then you think you did.

Brittany - posted on 02/02/2010




My son is olmost 16 months and does the same thing.
i usually give him no more than a 5 oz cup while we are home.
but when we are on car rides, i bring his 8-10oz cups.

i thought my son was the only child who did it too.
it makes me feel better knowing he isnt.
before bed, he will drink his entire cup before he falls asleep.
no matter how tired he is!

Krista - posted on 02/02/2010




I have no idea what is normal for that age, but it's worth checking with your pediatrician. If he drinks excessively, then you might want to get him checked for diabetes, as one of the symptoms is excessive thirst. It might be nothing, but it's better to know for sure.

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