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    Default How do you get your toddler to drink water when sick?

    My 15 months old DS has been sick for the past 2 days. Gave him some nurofen to keep the temp down, hes been very miserable and its heart breaking to see. Runny nose, red watery puffy eyes, mild temp and coughing, I dont blame him for not wanting to eat anything but still has me worried. Hes refusing to eat or drink. Normally he drinks a LOT of water through out the day, now NONE. The whole day he only had some vanilla custard, some crackers, a few chips and a palm size red bean bun.
    Tonight I had to use a syringe and force some water in. I tried juice (hes never a fan of juice) I tried his favourite soup, banana buzz, nothing works.

    How do you keep your toddlers fluid up when they are sick? How do you get them to eat / would you force them to eat something?

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    Would he have some fruit that's got a lot of juice content like grapes?

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    When things were that bad i found water ice blocks often worked and just kept on offering and encouraging water.

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    It's the worse seeing your child in pain & unable to fix it. Maybe try some Electralite icypoles to keep him hydrated.

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    Have you tried ice blocks? Most GP's will tell you as long as they are having some form of liquid it's ok. My DD's have recently gotten over bronchiolitis and we were told to just try anything.

    The only things we could get them to have was a bit of soy ice cream, lemonade ice blocks and ice cubes that were frozen in the shape of fish (novelty tray).

    Hope your little man gets better soon!

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    I would not force them to eat, i wait until they express interest in eating again.
    Mine will take small sips of water but maybe you could try small bits of ice chips? or those electrolyte ice blocks?

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    I put a tiny bit of cranberry juice in ds water to add flavour.

    Otherwise every ten minutes I put some water in his neurofen syringe and trick him into thinking its medicine lol!

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    I echo what everyone else has said about ice poles. When DS was sick i made my own by freezing juice mixed with water so it wasn't too strong or sweet. Was the only thing he'd have!

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