Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: didi | 2010-04-07

Q.

3 year old drinking 6 bottels during the night

I would like to know if it is normal for a 3 year old toddler to drink 6 bottels during the night. My own child is 3 years old and slept through from the age of 1 and a half months. The parents dont sleep and thinks it is normal for the child to do this. I don''t know if I am wrong but surely as a working mother I don''t want to wake up six times a night. The child hardly eats, and the parents also thinks this is normal. I have also notised that they dont make an effort to sit with the child so she can eat. could this be why she is drinking so much during the night cause she is actualy hungry?? the child can bearly speak and stil makes baby noises. I even thought of diabetes, cause the child stays thirsty?? I dont want to interfere, but this whole situation is quite disturbing and would like to have an experts opinion.
thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You have identified several problems here. Without being able to see this little girl it is difficult for me to comment.Obviously she should not be drinking so much milk at night. She appears tp rely on her milk for her nutrition as she does not eat at all well,according to your observation. She may be thirsty because she simply does not drink enough water and other fluids during the day.The fact that she does not speak is another problem. It seems to me that this little girl needs to be seen and carefully examined by a paediatrician to see if her development is appropriate for her age of 3 years and to assess her for any other health concerns. After that it is really over to her parents.

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Posted by: Shoes | 2010-04-08

My Dentist told me that it is bad for the child''s teeth to have so much milk. Like R wrote, the child should be given water at night. It sounds like a case of neglect. Perhaps you can anonymously phone Child Welfare and they could help with the situation. Go with your gut, if you feel the situation is not right, then try to help, I don''t think you will be interfering, I think you will be doing something in the best interests of the child.

Good luck, let us know how you get on.

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Posted by: R | 2010-04-08

This sounds like a real cause for concern.
I also have a 2.5 yr old, and when he started getting up for milk again recently, I decided to give him some water instead, as he does not wear nappies at night. He eats well, and does not need more than his 2 cups of milk a day. This was just naughty behavior I think, and after the first night with water, he''s sleeping through again.
Hope something can be done for this child.

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