Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nicola | 2010/02/26


10 month old won''t drink water

How do i get my 10 month old daughter to drink water. She has 3 bottles of formula a day of 200ml each and refuses to drink anything else throughout the day. I have tried rooibos, juice and water out of a cup, 4 different sippy cups. Is it ok for her not to drink or should i keep trying?

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I agree that your baby is not drinking enough.She is probably only drinking about half the amount of fluid she needs per day.Keep on trying to get her to drink more.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/02/26

She must drink liquids other than formula.

Just keep offering it and eventually she''ll take it.

If she won''t take a sippy cup, put it in a normal cup and hold it up for her to drink. She''ll show a renewed interest in a sippy cup when she''s able to hold it well for herself.

He''s too young for you to withold milk until he takes other fluids. Just have a quarter full cup of water available at meal times and keep on offering. (make sure its cooled boiled water).
Don''t get upset about him not taking it - he might enjoy your reaction - but just keep on calmly offering.
He might not like the taste becasue the only taste he''s had is formula.
Breastfed babies tend to be willing to try pretty much anything in the food and drink line as they''re used to their milk tasting different every time (as its flavoured by what mom eats), where as formula fed babies are used to a consistent taste, so often also don''t like their first solids and are reluctant to try new foods.

Don''t offer juice until she''s a year old and then you should water it down. My son is 6 and I still water down his fruit juice. He has two cups of watered down fruit juice a day and the rest of the time he drinks water. IF you get them hooked on water early on, when they are very thirsty they prefer water to anything else, so for example, after a sports match I daren''t offer juice as my son will say " no mom, I''m thirsty, I want water" . He drinks juice for the taste rather than to quench his thirst.

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