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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Interesting as I've only ever heard to steer clear of dairy for hydration - that study was funded by dairy farmers so I'm assuming they are a little bias !
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    Quote Originally Posted by xpectant View Post
    Hi

    I don't know what to do and was just wondering if there's anyone else out there in the same boat as me. My now 4yr old daughter has never been a big water drinker. I've read that she should be drinking 1.5 - 2L a day. I have to strongly encourage her to drink all day (can't leave the table until drunk water). This is what it looks like:
    Breakfast, cup of milk - cup of water
    MT - 1/2 cup water
    Lunch - 1 cup water
    AT - 1/2 cup water
    Dinner - 1 cup water

    If she goes to kindy I hope that she'll drink her whole water bottle but often comes home only having drunk 1/4 cups worth! Lately she's been having more and more wee accidents. To be honest it'd be so much easier to just let her drink how much water she wants to. I tried it yesterday and she drank 300ml the whole day. Today she drank a mouthful at breakfast and I'll be surprised if she drinks much at Kindy.
    Do I keep up the strictness of it or just let her go?

    I'm really in a bit of turmoil over this.

    Thanks for taking the time to read.
    how often does she wee and what colour is it? that should give you a true indication if she's drinking enough FOR HER. not what some book "reccomends".
    Gosh that's alot of water for a little body. i sure dont drink that much and im still very much alive..... and functioning most of the time.
    You will probably find on the warmer weather she will naturally drink a bit more.
    I wouldnt force the issue unless she's showing the physial signs of dehydration.

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    My kids are pretty good at drinking water. They love to get their own drinks. In the summer I keep a flask ( blue picnic style one with a push button tap) in the fridge and they love to help themselves.
    You could try different cups or bendy straws too. We had a small plastic wine goblet from a picnic set that DD2 loved using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Could she be avoiding drinking because she doesn't want to have to go to the toilet? My DS figured this out a while ago, was holding on, not drinking much and then having accidents. so I started making him go to the toilet at set periods anyway, regardless of if he thought he needed to or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    Honestly, there's a lot of misinformation around about water consumption.

    Even with kids, the body is very good at regulating water intake. Unless she's dehydrated, you shouldn't need to encourage her to drink anything. Her body should tell her when she needs more fluid, and she'll be thirsty. If she's not thirsty, and not dehydrated... there shouldn't really be a problem.

    Edit: sorry, that may have sounded quite insensitive. My point is just that it's so common to say that people "should" drink a certain amount, when our bodies are quite good at regulating hydration. Depends of course whether it's causing any problems.
    I agree with this. If she's thirsty she'll drink. If you're thirsty you'll drink. Allow her ready access to water and let her drink when she's thirsty. I have NO idea how much my 6.5yo ds drinks in terms of litres per day. He'll ask me for a drink of water or he'll get it himself if he's thirsty. Same with my almost 2yo dd who has ready access to her drink bottle at all times (ok, most times, during the day).

    I would stop calculating her water consumption and relax. Her wee accidents may be because she is drinking water she doesn't need and she has to wee it out. Don't restrict her water and don't push it, just let her drink if she's thirsty.

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    My 4yo dd doesn't drink that much water. I always have her water bottle
    filled and available and will remind her to drink if she has something sweet or salty but generally she will only drink 1 full 300ml bottle. She has plenty of fruit though and goes to toilet regularly so I am not worried.

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    The figure my personal trainer (and backed up by my doctor )told me is 22 ml per kilo per day. If your child is 20kg then its 440 ml.


 

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