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#1 of 6 Old 02-24-2003, 07:54 PM - Thread Starter
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I haven't posted here in a while. My son will not drink from a cup, or a straw (doesn't know how).
But he has been fighting constipation on and off for a month now. He nurses but not nearly as much during the day like he used to and I think that is why; he only nurses for naps and bedtime. So how do I get him to start drinking fluids from a cup? I have been watering down his food until it is soup and this helps but I can't do that forever. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!!

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#2 of 6 Old 02-24-2003, 11:33 PM
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My son is a lot younger, so this may not help, BUT, he is not interested in sippy cups, bottles, or things designed for a baby. If I hold a small cup for him he will drink a bit from it (I have actually used a glass shot glass and he really likes this). He still nurses a lot, so there isn't much that I really need him to drink for, unless I am away.

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I don't mean to sound stupid, but are you sure he is constipated?

My almost 13 month old DS only poops like, once every 7 or 8 days and he isn't constipated. He is exclusively b/fd, so that might make a difference, I dunno. Of course, I am no help in terms of cups or straws since DS only feeds from the breast.

My other thought is to encourage more nursing if at all possible.
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Kailey only has a bm about once every other day. When she was about a year and breastfed more it was about once 7-8 days.

I do know that our food had fluid in it. I had always thought your fluid intake came only from 'real' fluids. But now I know different. Could you offer more watery type foods? yogurt, cottage cheese, grapes, juicey fruits?
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DD Allegra went through a period of no poop for a week and then MUDSLIDE.

As long as your child is alert, peeing (harder to tell when wet in disposables - try putting a tissue / piece of toilet paper in disp dipe if you can't tell) then all should be well.
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When my son was 12 mos., a sippy cup with a cute character on it (Elmo? He didn't even know who it was; just attracted to it) helped. The no spill sippy cups from gerber are also good, colorful and he might be interested in that.
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