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10 Month Old Drinks Too Much Water???

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My 10 month old daughter drinks a lot of water. When ever I give her a sippy she drains it in just a few minutes. I used to limit her to one cup a day but as it gets warmer, I want her to be able to drink if she is thirsty. How much water should a 10 month old drink? If i geve her one sippy or 10 sippys she would drain them all then pee though her diaper and clothes. She will now steal sippy cups from other kids and drink them after she has finished her own. She had a kidney infection a few months back and so they did extensive tests on her kidneys and bladder and everything seemed to be functioning normally then, but now I am wondering if this excessive thrist could be realated? what is normal for a child her age?

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Although I really no nothing about this, I thought I read somewhere that thirst can be related to diabetes, even in babies? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I would get it addressed by her pediatrician if you are seriously concerned. That being said...I always give my kids water, babies too, and I think it is a very good thing to do.

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I agree see the doctor about diabetes, or other health problems,

My kids are big drinkers, but this is excessive even for them, please see the doctor,

M

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I'd take her to your pediatrician because intense thirst as you describe is a symptom of diabetis. The fact that she had a kidney infection may be related, but you'll never know if you don't talk to your ped. You need to get to the bottom of this. Good luck!

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Although I really no nothing about this, I thought I read somewhere that thirst can be related to diabetes, even in babies? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I would get it addressed by her pediatrician if you are seriously concerned. That being said...I always give my kids water, babies too, and I think it is a very good thing to do.

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Hi M.,

Out of curiousity, has she been tested to see if she is diabetic? Many times insatiable thirst can be associated with elevated blood sugar levels.

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L.

I was always under the impression that children under 1 do not need water. They need calories, nutrients and fat. Too much water will fill up their bellies with non-nutrients. If she is genuinely thirsty, I would definitely talk to a dr. ASAP about it. HTH!

A.

Hi M.. I guess I have the question in my head as to why a 10 month old got a Kidney infection. Not being nosey just curious. Alos being a Diabetic myself, I know that one of the syptoms of Diabetes is excessive thirst and Urinary Tract Infections. I hope she has frequent checkups with a Pediatrician & Eurologist and i would definately call the Doctor with your concerns if I were you. Trust your instincts if you think something is abnormal. Just my 2 cents.

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Get her in for blood work sounds like diabetes. good luck

Have you spoken with your doctor about your daughter's excessive thirst? As a nutritionist (and a mom) I know that one of the signs/symptoms of diabetes is increased thirst (and urination). It might be good to have a simple urine test done at your pediatrician's office to see what's going on. Good luck!

I agree see the doctor about diabetes, or other health problems,

My kids are big drinkers, but this is excessive even for them, please see the doctor,

M

Babie's do need water, it's a good thing to give them if they are constipated. I was recommended to give water when all three of mine were constipated and it really helped.

Also, if you introduce it early you don't have problems with them refusing anything but milk later on. It's a really good way f introducing another drinking method too such as the sippy cup so in all that you've done brilliantly!

Intense thirst is frequently the first sign of diabetes and shouldn't be ignored. It's a very easy preliminary test too so don't worry about that. My middle son would also drink his own weight in water and I was really concerned as my niece was diagnosed with diabetes just before her first birthday. I had him tested loads of times but he was always fine.. he was just a guzzleguts!

Recently I've been ill myself and I've been intensely thirsty. I'd drink pint after pint of water to the point where I was throwing up and still wanting more. It turned out to be my blood chemistry being completely out of whack and dangerously low potassium levels which are easily correctable so you definitely DO need a doctors diagnosis.

Please let us all know how you get on won't you?

H.

Ditto, have her checked for Juvenile diabetes. Drinking water is a healthy and goog thing. I was gestational with both my children during one pregnency I controled with insulin shots and with the other diet. Every year for their physical they have to have blood work done to be able to catch the onset of diabetes. Good luck and all the best.

M.,

I can't think that this would happen at this age, but what about diabetes? I know it happens early sometimes.

Too much water, and she will lose a lot of water-soluble vitamins, and that could be harmful. You CAN overdose on water.

Another thought, long shot but best said than found later: The part of the brain that triggers that feeling of thirst - maybe it is being triggered by something. I hate to be alarmist about something that might be simple. I'd rather be extensive and find out it's nothing, than to sit back and possibly lose my child.

If the pediatrician is not worried, and you are, get a second opinion. If s/he can't find what's going on (even if it is simply that she's thirsty), find someone who will tackle the question of why your daughter is 'compensating' by getting water by alternate means. (Not fond of the word stealing and child in the same sentence!)

Children compensate for lack as a matter of course.

Good luck!

M.

Yes, diabetes sounds like a good bet....but what about her diet? Maybe she's fond of salty snacks and that triggers her thirst? My 3.5 y.o. son drinks glass after glass the days he has a hotdog for lunch -I've learned not to give it to him for dinner or we'll be up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

Good luck!

L.

Hi M.. I agree that it would be a good idea to talk to the doctor about diabetes testing. Excessive thirst and excessive urination can be signs of diabetes.

Water really isn't recommended for babies under a year. It fills them up and offers them absolutely no nutrition whatsoever. Breastfed babies get all of their hydration from their milk. Formula fed older babies may occasionally be thirsty due to the sodium content in the formula, but multiple cups of water every day aren't needed or recommended

Hi M., Some mom's wish their children would like water. Is there such a thing as too much? You may want to check with your Dr. in case there may be a problem. I am a mother of 5 grown and 3 grandchildren. Best wishes, Mary

Bring her to a doctor, there are several different medical conditions that cause uncontrolable thirst. Some are very rare so don't give up when the ped says everything is fine. Bring her to a specialist if you feel the need. I've seen this same thing on medical mystery (not to scare you). But this is your baby here, better to be overly concerned than not enough. I have two girls and in my experience a 10 month old does not drink that much water. I'd have her checked out.

C. R

You should mention this to your pediatrician. Excessive thirst can be a sign of diabetes and your MD may want to test your daughter.

Don't want to scare you but has she been checked for diabetes? Excessive thirst is one of the symptoms.

Everything everyone told you is right. Talk to the doctor, see about Diabetes testing and don't let her drink that much...people CAN drink too much water and it dilutes their system so much and you know what can happen (worst case scenario, like the college guy who was being hazed by drinking water and he died). I don't want to scare you, but you should call the doctor asap. Good luck and let us all know what happens.

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