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.
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30-08-2013 10:50 #1
Strongly encourage her to drink or let her go...
30-08-2013 11:06 #2
I've never heard of 4 year olds having to drink that much. Some very active kids might drink that much but I don't think all kids would need to drink as much as an adult, surely. 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.
Does she drink other things? Will she drink milk? Other drinks also count as fluid intake. I wouldn't give her juice or anything but if she's having a cup or two of milk as well as 300-500ml of water I would say that's probably plenty.
You could also try feeding her water rich foods like melon and cucumber.
ETA just googled and most sources recommend somewhere between 1-1.5L for 4-8 year olds. So I would imagine that 300ml plus a cup or two of milk, while less than ideal is not going to hurt her at all unless it becomes an issue for her (headaches, constipation, etc)
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30-08-2013 11:10 #3Senior Member
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I would offer flavoured water (such as diluted juice, or very weak cordial) to encourage her to drink more at home. This wont help with Kindy, where the likely only allow plain water.
And also I agree with offering water rich foods - grapes are a good one.
30-08-2013 11:45 #4
Thank you. Yes, I did mean to type 1-1.5L not 1.5-2L and I didn't think that milk was counted towards the tally as it's more of a 'food'. I chose to really be strict with the water when she was complaining of her poos hurting her. She would happily drink a couple of cups of milk. She pees all the time when she drinks the required amount - all the time!
30-08-2013 11:48 #5
30-08-2013 11:51 #6
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30-08-2013 12:04 #7
Milk is not good for hydration - something to do with its fat content so I would not increase her milk intake but as pp said give high water content fruits like watermelon , strawberries, rockmelon, pineapple ( I read somewhere food can make up to 20% of your water intake) or what my SIL did was freeze fruit in ice cubes ( watermelon or strawberries mainly) and add it to her water so it became a novelty!
30-08-2013 12:11 #8
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.
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30-08-2013 16:39 #9
31-08-2013 18:09 #10Senior Member
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The best way to tell if she's getting enough is to monitor her output. Light clear urine, formed easy to pass stools.
Also her skin turgor, mucous membranes and around her eyes
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