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Posted by: mommy | 2005/12/02

Q.

Toddler taking to little fluids

My 3yr old toddler used to drink a lot of milk in her bottle. So much that she actually didn't eat very well. On Sunday my sister's baby chew a hole in her bottles' teat and she refused to drink from it. I decided to use this to take her from the bottle. During the night she cried for her tietie, and we were too sorry for her so I got a new teat for the bottle. The thing is, she also didn't want the new one - it felt different to her old one. I then knew that was it - tietie is now something of the past!
She coped very well and realised that tietie was gone and by the second night didn't even wake for it.
The problem is now that she doesn't take enough fluids. She doesn't like juices and would only drink water - but only little bits at a time. She also doesn't want to drink milk anymore - it is as if she doesn't like it in something else than her bottle!
She gets constipated very easily and already didn't make a poo yesterday. She now eats fantastically - I cannot believe the change. I used to battle to get her to eat, but now she feeds herself because she is actually hungry and not full from milk.
What can I do to get her to drink other kinds of fluids and more of it than a few sips of water?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

She certainly needs to take more fluids. Have you tried rooibos tea? She should be drinking from a cup by now so keep encouraging her. Frequent small amounts of water are fine as long as she takes enough overall. She needs 100ml for every kilo she weighs per 24 hour period.

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