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    Default Cordial or water?

    I know this is a very boring question!
    If I were to only give DS water he would drink only 1 full cup per day, maybe 2 on a hot day. If I were to give him very diluted cordial (about a teaspoon of cordial per to a whole glass of water) he would drink probably 5-6 a day! I am torn between disliking the sugar/colours/additives in cordial but also wanting him to keep hydrated.
    What do other people do/think?
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    how old is he?

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    Have you tried some diluted juice. I know it is not much better but a good natural hand squeezed juice is better then commercial cordial

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    Default Cordial or water?

    I would not give cordial and just keep encouraging water - especially at 2.5 - he really shouldn't be drinking cordial at that age as it could form bad habits - do you guys drink water at home ? My DH grew up drinking cordial and it took him years to get into the habit of drinking plain water - both his sisters still won't drink plain water
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    My DS1 won't even take a few mouthfuls of water and just spits it straight away. After persevering for months thinking he would eventually drink we gave in and tried cordial when he was really unwell and was refusing all food and drink and he loves it. I only get sugar free stuff which I know has additives and colour but I would rather he drink something especially when it's hot. Again I try to dilute it as much as possible but the problem we have is he always wants to drink our bottle instead so sometimes it's probably more concentrated than I would like.

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    I wouldn't give cordial, even if it is such a tiny amount, but OP could you perhaps use a tiny bit of food colouring so he sees it and thinks it's cordial.
    If he were constantly dehydrated, then obviously you would have to do what you have to do, but I personally wouldn't do the cordial thing at that age to encourage hydration.

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    Could you maybe squeeze some fresh orange into his water? Or keep a jug of water with cut up fruit in it for drinking through the day?

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    Dh and I only drink water at home, but my mother in law watches DS while I work and she gives him cordial as if it's water, I have told her many, many times I don't like him having too much but she doesn't listen and now it seems to have become a bad habit of his 😁

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    I wouldn't do cordial. I would just persevere with water until he started drinking it.


 

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