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Ideas for how to encourage my 20 month old to drink more

(7 Posts)
sazlocks Mon 14-Sep-09 20:06:15

My DS has never been a big drinker - he was BF until 13 months. He has milk am and pm and water all other times. I have tried loads of different cups and always let him drink my water if he wants some.
He was constipated a few months back and is on 1 sachet of Movicol a day. This has been keeping things moving but we have just been on hols for a couple of weeks and his diet has been a bit different. While we were away he also had a big tooth come through and had a viral infection following that !
He is fine now over the last few days but is not drinking very much water during the day and his poos have gone a bit hard. I am worried he is going to get constipated again so am desperate to get him to drink more.
Any ideas please ?

franklymydear Mon 14-Sep-09 20:08:30

ice lollies

sazlocks Mon 14-Sep-09 20:17:21

thanks - will try that.
Anyone else had the same problem ?

DesperateHousewifeToo Mon 14-Sep-09 21:00:15

Play games involving tea parties where everyone has a drink - dolly, teddy, you, ds.

Have plastic cups in the bath. Not particularly hygenic but if you are desperate!

Flavour the water slightly to make it more palatable.

Encourage him to drink with a straw. Sometimes the novelty of it makes them drink more.

Give him lots of watery foods - grapes, cucumber, melon.

Make ice lollies with him.

Put ice cubes into his cup with a small drink in. He may pick them out and lick them.

MarthaFarquhar Mon 14-Sep-09 21:04:31

My DD is reluctant to drink, and has had UTIs sad.

Past successes have included leaving her with a sports bottle of water with the strict instructions that this special water was just for mummies, adding juice to water, and letting DD choose some fancy cups.

We also try and ensure she is eating lots of fruits, veg, soups, ice lollies, and other foods with high water contents.

sazlocks Mon 14-Sep-09 21:05:08

great ideas thanks.
Strangely he will drink bathwater and swimming pool water !

DesperateHousewifeToo Mon 14-Sep-09 21:44:43

Perhaps leave the cold tap running in the bath and try to get him to drink from that rather than the water actually in the bath, if germs worry you.

My two seem to drink bath water quite frequently without any seemingly dreadful consequences smile

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