When she gets sick, she stays sick much longer than most kids because she doesn't get enough fluids. I have tried herbal tea, but she will not drink it without a few tablespoons of honey, and she doesn't need any more sugar, so that's not working. I have tried sparkling flavored water, water with lemon or cucumber, etc. and she does not like it either. She probably gets 20 ounces of water in her body on a good day, which is alarmingly low. I hate to have to put a lock on the refrigerator, but she has resorted to sneaking juice when I have told her explicitly she must drink water first.
I have explained to her that whether or not she likes the way it tastes, she must drink it, just like other things in life people do that they wish they didn't have to. I have told her that you can die easily from dehydration, have organ failure, even go blind and she does not care. She would literally rather die than drink water. She has become excessively cranky over the last couple of years, and I really do believe it is because she is constantly moderately dehydrated. She urinates maybe three times a day. I am seriously considering taking her to the doctor to have him "scare her straight" about the consequences of not drinking water.
Any tips would be appreciated, nothing with sugar or fake sugar though. She has terrible teeth for a 12 year old and will not make it to adulthood with her permanent teeth if she keeps it up with the juice and soda.