13 month old refuses to drink water

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13 month old refuses to drink water

Postby angela » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:50 pm

Original Title: Need some help!

Hi,

My 13-mth old girl refuses to drink water. We have tried different kinds of water but all in vain. She likes to eat biscuits alot but refuses to drink water except her milk. Now the weather is very hot and so she sometimes will feel heaty and her 'poo poo' is very hard and smelly.

Does any mother can help me?

Thks

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Postby cmm » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:16 pm

She refuses all kinds of liquids? This sounds like disaster!!! :!:

Perhaps you can try a different presentation, e.g. put plain old water in an attractive sippy cup (Dora, Disney Princess, or whatever her fav). You may like to pretend to sip from it to get her interested.

Try to get her used to drinking plain water cos you wouldn't want her asking for sweetened drinks all the time. You may like to try barley water occasionally in this hot weather.

Hope this helps! :pray:

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Postby mummyjoyce » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:53 pm

i got the same problem when my girl was a year old! she refused to drink milk ! So we only feed her when she was sleeping.
When she was older, she refused to drink white milk - actually anything that is white (she is 12 this year and she is not touching any white liquid likes soya milk, coconut drink etc). She only drinks choc milk - very strange.

I guess, your child can get the liquid from juice, liquid from food. But i guess it is necessary to check - maybe your child knows that there are sweet drink some where - there are too many choices - smart!

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Postby jedamum » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:08 am

mummyjoyce wrote:i got the same problem when my girl was a year old!
She only drinks choc milk - very strange.


My ds1 who doesn't like to drink water only drinks choc milk too.
He can go to sch and come back with his water bottle untouched.
When he was younger, we added some 'Gripewater' to sweeten the water. We also mixed a scoop of Gerber's Mixed fruit gel into the water to make into 'juice' to entice him to drink more liquid. Now, we give him juices and water with a piece of ice.

Luckily with ds2 no such problem. His intake of water per day is equivalent to ds1's water intake for 2-3 days. :roll:

have you tried feeding water using syringes? or use a mini cup (like those medicine bottle cap size cup), fill a little water..about 1-2mm, then let the kid try to drink off it without using any straw or what. My ds2 loves it. :politebleah: Somehow, water in tiny quantities and getting to imitate adult drinking seems interesting for him. :D

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Postby EstherTan » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:29 am

Agree with jedamum. We let our girl drink using our cups (non porcelain, doesn't break even if it lands on the floor), and she can finish close to 120ml by herself. We make a game out of it too, making 'ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh' sounds when we finish which she imitates very easily now.

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Postby angela » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:10 pm

jedamum wrote:
mummyjoyce wrote:i got the same problem when my girl was a year old!
She only drinks choc milk - very strange.


My ds1 who doesn't like to drink water only drinks choc milk too.
He can go to sch and come back with his water bottle untouched.
When he was younger, we added some 'Gripewater' to sweeten the water. We also mixed a scoop of Gerber's Mixed fruit gel into the water to make into 'juice' to entice him to drink more liquid. Now, we give him juices and water with a piece of ice.

Luckily with ds2 no such problem. His intake of water per day is equivalent to ds1's water intake for 2-3 days. :roll:


have you tried feeding water using syringes? or use a mini cup (like those medicine bottle cap size cup), fill a little water..about 1-2mm, then let the kid try to drink off it without using any straw or what. My ds2 loves it. :politebleah: Somehow, water in tiny quantities and getting to imitate adult drinking seems interesting for him. :D


When we put plain water, barley water or gripewater into her milk bottle, she refuses to drink and only bite onto the teat. :x

But she likes to drink soup, especially feed her using her spoon. She likes to eat fruits like grapes, banana, papaya, apple etc.

She always acts like an adult. Doesn't want to drink from the training cup but wants to drink from the cup. When drink from the cup, the water will drip onto her shirts and have to change again and again.

:?

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Postby MLR » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:56 pm

angela wrote:
She always acts like an adult. Doesn't want to drink from the training cup but wants to drink from the cup. When drink from the cup, the water will drip onto her shirts and have to change again and again.

:?


When shes drinking, let her wear a bib that has a plastic backing. Since she enjoys soup, which is liquid, then gives her a cup portion during meals. She likes fruits, perhaps can cut up some of the fruits in small bits, put them in a cup, pour in water/barley and feed it to her.

Don't concentrate on what she don't eat, focus on what she likes to eat and improvise. Also, about the amount of fluid, depends very much on your DD's activities, if she perspires lots, then got to try giving her more. Otherwise 30-40 ml with each meal together with her intake of milk, should be sufficient.

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Postby angela » Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:30 pm

MLR wrote:
angela wrote:
She always acts like an adult. Doesn't want to drink from the training cup but wants to drink from the cup. When drink from the cup, the water will drip onto her shirts and have to change again and again.

:?


When shes drinking, let her wear a bib that has a plastic backing. Since she enjoys soup, which is liquid, then gives her a cup portion during meals. She likes fruits, perhaps can cut up some of the fruits in small bits, put them in a cup, pour in water/barley and feed it to her.

Don't concentrate on what she don't eat, focus on what she likes to eat and improvise. Also, about the amount of fluid, depends very much on your DD's activities, if she perspires lots, then got to try giving her more. Otherwise 30-40 ml with each meal together with her intake of milk, should be sufficient.


Hi ,

Thanks for your advise. Now she is getting better, really to take some water during meal.

:celebrate:

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