Should I be concerned?

Saira - posted on 01/23/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My 2.5yr old is drinking alot, i mean he is constantly drinking. On top of that he is going potty alot more (which i figure because he is drinking so much), He goes potty every 20-30 min and still pees alot. He is eating more, alot of grazing between meals but he isnt gaining weight at all. Should I be concerned? Any other moms have any ideas?

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Ellie - posted on 02/02/2011

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i'm on the "growth spurt" bandwagon, because my son did almost the exact same thing when he was that age. i know everyone posting with the "D" word has good intentions, but there is no sense in getting even more freaked out by something that is already freaking you out. you said that he is not gaining weight, which is also something that coincides with a growth spurt. you should be concerned if he is eating that much and is LOSING weight. if his weight isn't changing, up or down, still go to your doc but don't self-diagnose for the worst. it will drive you crazy, and you don't need that extra stress. in the meantime, try doing what the other moms said and switch up his drinks/diet. bring your observations with you to your dr's appt on the 16th. you have an appt, it's scheduled, you will be seen, and the matter will be addressed. like i said, as long as he is not losing weight, you don't need to feel any kind of rush in getting to see the doc sooner.

Ashley - posted on 02/01/2011

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he may have juvinile diabeties if i were you i would get him to the doctor asap

User - posted on 01/29/2011

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My son had growth spurt around 2.5 and all he wanted to do was drink liquids, it lasted for about 3 weeks. How long has this been going on? Still would go to the drs! My son didnt gain weight either, but he grew an inch:)

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Alda - posted on 02/02/2011

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One of my twins is like that - she'll drink all day long if we let her. We did discover she loves the taste of juice and drinks it for that reason, not because she's thirsty. If we replace the juice with water she doesn't drink nearly as much. But she had a stoma and only has 75% of her small intestine, so a lot of the fluid goes straight through her. She is a very slender girl and weighs less than her twin. Your son could have diabetes, but it could possibly also just be a habit. Good luck :-)

Jamie - posted on 01/29/2011

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I would say go to the Dr. for sure, but for my son it seamed like at around 2.5 he started eating and drinking ALL THE TIME!!! with out gaining any weight and then just before his 3rd bday he grew about 2in and gained 2lbs. in about two months! (it was like he was saving up for a huge growth spurt) I thought he was going to eat us out of house and home before he was three! lol can't wait until he's 16!!!!!

Leigh-ann - posted on 01/29/2011

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Id say being concerned is not a bad thing do not be alarmed ...as they say cross the bridge when you get there but it is possible all the frequent drinking he is doing may be the cause of diabetes i would take him to the pediatrician to make sure

Krissy - posted on 01/28/2011

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what are you giving him to drink? If it's juice or milk, then switch him to water for quite a bit of it... I bet it will curb his drinking too much and he'll have room in his belly for more food.

Gemma - posted on 01/28/2011

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dont want to scare you at all but my daughter was the same last june and she was diagnosed with type 1 please get him to the docs as soon as if it turns out he is inbox me i will be there if you need any support hope this helps xx

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2011

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I will say I agree with Katherine! My daughter has always been a heavy water drinker and she is tiny, she is in 2nd grade and by all means the smallest in her grade! But we took her to the doctor, told them our concerns which are the VERY same as with yours, drinking water a lot and using the bathroom, a lot! But after doing several tests we learned that she was acutally flushing her system of the things that she really needed because she was drinking so much water! By all means go to the doctor, but at the same time start keeping a record for the doctor of when he does drink, how much, and when he goes to the bathroom. Make note of how much he is peeing too...I know that sounds bad but still it will help you in the long run with the doctor! I pray that he is not a diabetic and pray that it is something as simple as what it was with us!

Aicha - posted on 01/26/2011

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I would be calling the doctor every day to see if they have a canceled appointment sometimes that will get you in faster

LaCi - posted on 01/25/2011

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I third the diabetes symptom, you should definitely see your doctor. Best of luck.

Carla - posted on 01/25/2011

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You may want to take him to the pediatrician to get him checked for "Diabetes" that is one of the signs.

Saira - posted on 01/24/2011

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**crossing fingers** its not though i dont know how i would give him shots and stuff he is my baby.

Saira - posted on 01/24/2011

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Will do def. betters safe than sorry. Thank you!!! Hopefully I can get him in, i will call and demand more the military seems to jump when you get all pushy.

Christy - posted on 01/24/2011

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GO TO THE DR NOW. It could be a sign of diabetes, not to scare you. I got diagnosed when I was 3 and unbeknownst to my parents, I had it 6 months prior to that. These symptoms you describe were identical to mine (frequent urination, weight loss, thirst).Since you can't get in until the middle of February, call back and tell them you "think" it's diabetes and see if they can move your appt up, or refer you elsewhere.

Katherine - posted on 01/24/2011

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If he's only drinking water, he's probably flushing out the nutrients in his food. Try to slow him down if you can, perhaps try some yoghurt, milk or watered down juice. One of my friends was drinking a lot when breastfeeding and was actually flushing out the nutrients from her diet and feeling very tired/weak ... so this may be why your son isn't gaining weight. Although having said that my daughter who is nearly 3 and a half hasn't been gaining much weight for a while. Perhaps try to contact your local Maternal Child Health Centre, they can usually fit you in sooner than a doctor and they can give you some good advice.

Saira - posted on 01/23/2011

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Yah I made him an appt, but the earliest they could get him in was the 16th of Feb so i thought i could talk to other moms see what they thought til then. So far Its worrying me a bit more. The communities i have asked this question to everyone says to have him tested for diabetes

Rachel - posted on 01/23/2011

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i always say if you are concerned see your doctor, could be early symptoms of many things (first to my mind diabetes) never hurts to have him checked out!

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