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J.P. asks from Tulsa, OK on March 26, 2008
3 Yr Old Girl Always Thirsty
My daughter is always asking for juice and milk, all day long. As soon as she gets done with one cup of something she wants another. I dilute her juice down with water because she doesn't want water very often. I don't let her have big drinks before meals because she'll fill up with a drink and not eat as much. I cut her off in the evening so she won't wet the bed, but I give her a sip or two here and there so she's not too thirsty. Lately, I've told her if she's thirsty she can have water because I don't want her to only drink juice and milk. But she'll walk away and not drink the water. I feel bad not giving her drinks if she's thirsty, and I'm wondering if she's overly thirsty for any medical reason. She's not going through any transitions, she's got good behavior, taken care of by me and her dad, potty trained day and night, and she's always been this way with drinks. It may be nothing, but I've noticed my friends' kids don't seem to want drinks as much like she does. Anyone have a thirsty child?
D.C. answers from Birmingham on March 27, 2008
You should have her bloodsugar tested. Sugar problems will cause that. I would definatly tell her pediatrician.
S.W. answers from Tuscaloosa on March 27, 2008
With the invention of flavored water, I think you can convert her (lol). Try the Fruit 2 0 or some other water with flavor.
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R.R. answers from Tulsa on March 26, 2008
If the doctor checks your little girl and turns out she is fine ( I sure hope so!!). Keep offering her water! Many people have so many health problems because they do not drink water that motivating children and adults to drink more water is a challenge!
I suffered from constipation when young and by changing my diet and adding water on daily basis I was able to be normal again! It is sad to see that people drink sodas, coffee, artificial drinks/juice but avoid drinking water. Sometimes we fool ourselves drinking diet sodas that do not help our bodies at all!
So keep offering water, summer is around the corner and we all will need to satisfy our thirst!
S.O. answers from Fayetteville on March 28, 2008
Is anyone in your family diabetic? Have you had your child tested for this?
M.G. answers from Oklahoma City on March 26, 2008
i agree with angela my mom and dad are diabetic so im watching my daughter for any signs of it and i check my self. i hope its not but its always good to check in with your pedtrician..good luck
D.H. answers from Birmingham on March 26, 2008
Excessive thirst is a symptom of diabetes. It would be worth a visit to the doctor, so they can rule it out.
B.H. answers from Oklahoma City on March 26, 2008
I have a 2 yr old that was the same way, so I bought him some of the little bottles of water (I think they were Ozarka) at Crest that the lids didn't come off and he would drink those. Now he gets iced water in a sippy cup. I haven't had money to buy bottled water lately. My son would love to just drink milk all day!
K.L. answers from Oklahoma City on March 26, 2008
I have 3 children and they want to drink all of the time also. When they were smaller i used to dilute their drinks everything except milk, and they still drank it. Me personally, i love soda which is not a good habit, my children want to drink soda because they see me drinking it so what i would do when they were younger was get a sippy cup for toddlers like a 9 oz. Cup and fill it up with water and put a drop of soda in it just enough to change the color but not enough for them to taste it and they thought they were drinking soda and as the got older i got them on water and now they are 6,5, and almost 4 and they love water now because i used to give it to them even wheb they thought it was soda. My step-sistr used to ask for drinks all of the time too when she was a toddler and come to find out she had only 1 good kidney and it caused her to want to drink water all of the time but since she was a toddler she didn't want to drink water at all. When her mom finally got her to drinking water she loved it because she seemed to notice how it made her feel better. Then her mom had her checked out at the doctor and found out that she was born with a bad kidney and that is why she always wante more to drink than the average kid her age.
K.P. answers from Huntsville on March 26, 2008
All of my boys were "Big Drinkers" as everyone would call them. None of them have diabetes, but my 1st and 3rd, especially, were water hogs. I wouldn't/don't give them juice except for lunch and occasionally snack and they only get milk in the mornings. At first they refused the water but then they realized they were too thirsty for nothing and would pitch their little tantrum then drink the water. Now, they all know they only get water and guzzle it down all day long. I have a hard time with my 1st son especially because he'll go somewhere and get a juice pouch or box and that's not nearly enough for him. He could guzzle 4 of those things in 20secs if we'd let him.
If you're worried, you could have her tested for juvenile diabetes, but if that's her only symptom (weight loss, thirst, constant hunger, excessive urination...), then I just wouldn't worry about it. If she's thirsty enough, she'll drink water. Just like, I'd hope, if she's always saying she's hungry but always only wants to eat hot dogs and french fries, you wouldn't give them to her. You'd make her eat her veggies, and if she's hungry enough, she'd eat.
SAHM of 3 boys (6, 5, & 3) and a baby girl
A.C. answers from Tulsa on March 26, 2008
I would talk to your Dr or pediatrician about your daughter always being thirsty. It can be a sign of a sugar problem.