I cant get my 15 month old son to drink anything but whole milk. Im worried he will get dehydrated!

Jessie - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )




I have tried diluting juice and just plain water. He wont drink any of it. We live where it gets extremely hot during the summer and Im afraid he will get dehydrated. Any other suggestions??


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Amy - posted on 05/23/2010




well my baby was always so huffy on stuff like that and would not drink any thing but milk two, so i got baby apple juice and still didnt work,but try whole cows milk, cause that wont fill them up as much and then they will want food, or even some thing realy good, like chocolate milk, that will let the child no that plain milk aint the only thing out there lol good luck :)

Kristin - posted on 05/22/2010




He needs the milk, so that is fine. Offer him high water content foods; yogurt, melon, grapes (cut up), soups, berries, diluted 100% fruit juice (50/50 water or ice to juice), ice cubes (fun to play with too), and plain water. He is unlikely to get dehydrated if you are inside most of the time. Keep an eye on his pee though; number of wet diapers and the color (lighter is better).

If it's getting hot enough you are concerned about dehydration, you also need to be concerned about all of the other heat related illnesses. So go outside only during the cooler parts of the day, stay in the shade as much as possible, and come in if anybody (but especially your son) is acting over heated. Check and see if there is a children's museum in your area, a lot of mall's have play spaces these days, and there is always the children's section of your local library; all good places to "get out" to when it's just to hot to go out. I know, totally not what you asked about, but I hate to be home and inside all the time and I hate getting too hot.

Theresa - posted on 05/22/2010




Milk has plenty of fluid in it so he won't dehydrate. Keep offering him water and eventually he will get used to it.

Michelle - posted on 05/22/2010




it helped me to put just a tiny bit of vanilla extract in his milk or a tiny bit of nutmeg. he doesn't like plain milk if its whole or 1%. try differnt juices...my son likes mango pineapple i dilute it half water half juice. You can also try like a new "cool" cup maybe, and make a big deal out of it "look a cool new cup to drink juice yay!" Song and dance! lol. or maybe a juice box or a caprisun pouch...they also sell organic low sugar juice in a pouch. kids like little stuff like.

Debra - posted on 05/22/2010




milk is really good for him but i had this same problem with my 3 year old.... its tough but take the milk away ... put juice water ect in the cup hand it to him and walk away ... he will probably throw a fit ... but when he decides that he is thirsty he will drink what he is given , after a few times he will give in and drink what he is given .... it will be okay

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2010




My son was the same way, i can only get him to drink milk and koolaid. i was getting frustrated and managed to get him to try a koolaid one day and he liked it, but only the cherry and blue raspberry ones. hes 3 and a half and still particular about what he drinks, i know koolaid isnt the best juice choice but its better than no juice.

Sherry - posted on 05/22/2010




Whole milk can be considered sweeter milks so my suggestion would be to try diluting a bottle of 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 2% milk and see how that goes.. if he drinks it down graduly increase the 2% milk amount.

I used to notice that too when I was younger... different fat % in the milk tends to make it taste Watery and yuck.. but 2% was an easy switch.

Can't vouch that it will help but I hope so.. In the hot hot weather though whole milk might feel really heavy on baby's belly so do keep some water bottled just to play it safe.. and even leave this out so he can grab at will-- you might find that he's more willing that way.

Sara - posted on 05/21/2010




its not to much to worry about my daugher was the same. i would dialute one of her bottles every so often so she would get used to "thiner" liquids. i was worried about dehydration when my girl got sick and wouldn't drink juice or water, so if you can get him used to something else it would be a good idea

Lula - posted on 05/21/2010




He will get over that soon. just go slow with adding new drinks and things.I always left a cup out for my daughter while she was playing she would pick it up and drink it.I have 6.All kids are different good luck no worries new momy! :)

Jessie - posted on 05/21/2010




Yes I have tried that. I try to only give him a few ounces of milk at a time with his food that way he still eats his food but he is becoming more picky about eating whole fruits and veggies but he loves the pureed ones. Im a first time mom so this is all new to me haha. Thank you for your advice

Shannon - posted on 05/21/2010




I wouldn't worry to much about dehydration...milk is actually as or more hydrating than water. What I would be concerned about is him not wanting to eat solids because of too much milk or gaining to much weight because of the milk. You could always trying gradually watering down his milk. Good luck!

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