Why does my 2 year old drink SO much?

User - posted on 03/11/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son drinks SO much! I'm talking up to 10 refills of his sippy cup a day...and it doesn't matter what's in the cup...water, juice, milk, etc. Generally, I give him a cup of milk when he wakes up in the morning with breakfast, and a cup of milk with dinner. During the day he drinks diluted (50/50) apple juice or water. When I give him his cup, he immediately starts sucking it down until every last drop is gone, then he begs and cries for more! I have been cutting him off here lately, even though he throws major tantrums for "more appa juss!" Aside from going through gallons of apple juice, this makes him pretty much constantly pee, which is really thwarting our potty training attempts. Any ideas as to what's going on? I have had him tested for diabetes, and it came up negative. He will do the same thing with cups that don't have lids...it just takes him longer...

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Paulette - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Paulette:



Hi Cindy, Have you looked into the amount of sodium in his diet? Salt is in so many things and the quantity is surprising too. That might be a reason for his need to drink so much.






Hi Cindy, I remember watching a show on tv where a young girl was so thirsty too and they checked her for the typical diabetes but later found out that she had a different kind of diabetes called diabetes insipidous and I found out some information on http://diabetes.webmd.com/what-is-diabet.... I am not saying that your child has this but I would keep track of his urine output (quantity-how many wet diapers/pullups). I would also try an study...see if he gets thirstier if you withhold his drinks for a little while...like they talk about in the article. Then you could talk to his doctor about it. Or better yet, have your doctor do the study in his office to see if there is any merit to it. I hope this helps and please update us and let us know how he is doing. Take care.

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Louise - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Cindy:



Paulette, I haven't actually thought about his sodium intake...any idea how much is too much?  He really doesn't eat much in the way of salty crackers or chips...but does eat a TON  of canned veggies.  I'll look into that, THANK YOU!!!






Louise,  thank you for the encouragement!  He is actually very excited about using the potty, it just seems like he could sit there all day and never stop peeing!  I am glad to hear that someone else has had this problem with their "normal" kids...all of my friends cannot believe how much he drinks!  He is my little fish!






No prob, just glad i may have been some help, other people and (well meaning) grandparents with their "advice" and so and so they know didnt do that! often only succeed in making you feel worse and that you are doing it all wrong, just be calm, stick with it and enjoy every day with them, they grow up way too fast! Something else i remembered was that my daughter loved saying goodbye to her wee wees down the toilet! She would wave and then want to go again so she could wave it goodbye!!! You dont find stuff like that in miriam stopard or gina ford but hey it worked for me! Also frozen veggies are s much better than canned, they have all the goodnes of fresh but without the hasle or mouldy veg in the bottom of your fridge!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/11/2009

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Enviorment could be the problem as well. When we moved from our old home to our new  house I found that we were all drinking liquids like fish! We went from blown heat to radiant heat. it took about 3 months before we were all used to it. Don't know if you have moved recently or not though!

User - posted on 03/11/2009

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Paulette, I haven't actually thought about his sodium intake...any idea how much is too much?  He really doesn't eat much in the way of salty crackers or chips...but does eat a TON  of canned veggies.  I'll look into that, THANK YOU!!!



Louise,  thank you for the encouragement!  He is actually very excited about using the potty, it just seems like he could sit there all day and never stop peeing!  I am glad to hear that someone else has had this problem with their "normal" kids...all of my friends cannot believe how much he drinks!  He is my little fish!

User - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Celina:

My daughter is the same way and she will be 3yrs old this month and wakes up for something to drink. she is potty trained but still has to wear pull ups at night because of this and sometimes the pull ups leak! She is not much of an eater, how about your son?



Actually, he is a very good eater.  He tries all kinds of new things without much resistance! 



As for leaky diapers...I have to change his sheets almost every morning, and sometimes after a nap!  It is crazy!  I don't dare leave the house without a fresh change of clothes!



Thank you for your response.

Louise - posted on 03/11/2009

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hi, you have done the right thing, getting him tested, i have 3 children and my youngest is just the same, i was really worried about how much she drinks, it is a pain when potty training i will admit but the more they drink the more likely they are to get a wee in the pot! I know it is not recommended but when my youngest finally got one in there i gave her a reward and then they want to try it again and thats how we got there, it could be sweets or a book or toy or a star on a chart or even a sticker but it worked for me, the only advice i will give is to make the juice REALLY weak or just use water or milk as its a good source of calcium although this can affect their appetite as it is quite filling, hope this helps but best of all dontrestrict their drinks or panic as kids are so clever they will use it as a bargaining tool against you, take it from one who has been there! Some kids are just thirsty others hardly drink at all, both are normal! Louise xxx

Paulette - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi Cindy, Have you looked into the amount of sodium in his diet? Salt is in so many things and the quantity is surprising too. That might be a reason for his need to drink so much.

Celina - posted on 03/11/2009

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My daughter is the same way and she will be 3yrs old this month and wakes up for something to drink. she is potty trained but still has to wear pull ups at night because of this and sometimes the pull ups leak! She is not much of an eater, how about your son?

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