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#### artgoddess

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Okay I have been wondering about something for a little while and just been too embarrassed to ask. My son is a lot like me, fluid intake is never ever going to be a problem. I refill his water bottle (12 oz) probably 6 to 8 times a day. This is in addition to drinking lemonade if we eat out and juice at home. Here is my question, and this is just pure curiosity. I still cut his juice by at least half when I fill his cup. So he will have an 8 ounce cup of OJ, but it will only be 4 oz of juice and 4 z of water. So if I want to count how many ounces of water he drinks in a day, do I count just the straight water? Or do I add in the 4 oz of water that was mixed with the juice.<br><br>
I know it's so stupid and it doesn't matter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He is 4 and 41 pounds and drinks at least 72 oz of water in a day. I'm not trying to add to the # of oz of water he takes in. I just was wondering.

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I think you could count the 4 oz of water as just water.<br><br>
72 oz of water for a 4 year old seems like quite a bit though. Have you talked with your doctor about that amount? I'd run it by her just in case it is a sign of a problem.

#### Pumpkin_Pie

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I would count the 4 ounces you mixed with the juice. It all mixes together once you drink it anyway. I would actually count the whole 8 ounces juice and water as 8 ounces of fluids taken in.

#### medicmama

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I do it by total oz intake.<br><br><br>
4oz juice + 4oz water = 8 t.oz<br><br><br>
Because juice/milk/BM. has a water content.

#### artgoddess

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think you could count the 4 oz of water as just water.<br><br>
72 oz of water for a 4 year old seems like quite a bit though. Have you talked with your doctor about that amount? I'd run it by her just in case it is a sign of a problem.</div>
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He doesn't seem to think it's a problem. My son is a fast drinker, just like when he was nursing. He could drain a boob in less than 3 minutes. If I fill his sports bottle with water and hand it to him to carry to the car, he'll finish it before I'm done strapping the car seat. I always carry the water and remind him to drink slow when we are out or he'll have to pee three times while at Trader Joe's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">

#### MRJmama

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Just food for thought, excessive thirst is a sign of Diabetes. I'm not saying there is a problem here. I just want to put a bug in your ear for future reference.

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I'd be asking for a diabetes screen if it were my son. Also, in the absence of diabetes or any other problem causing that kind of water intake, the water intake in and of itself can <i>cause</i> problems.<br><br>
It could be nothing more than a habit.<br><br>
And just as an aside, not pertaining to your son, I used to have a dog that drank gallons of water every day. It was unbelievable. If I didn't allow him to have this extreme amount of water he acted like he was dying of thirst. I took him to the vet, they did all kinds of screens including that for diabetes, and he was perfectly healthy. He was then diagnosed with OCD- his OCD behaviour was drinking water <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Again- I am <b>NOT</b> suggesting that your son has OCD or that his drinking is a symptom of that. I just thought it was a funny story.

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My oldest son (now 3) drank like that until he was about 2. It was ridiculous...especially in the summer. I felt like I spent 50% of our day refilling his cup and then changing his wet diapers. And we diluted a ton...1 part juice, 4 parts water. But yea, he would finish 10 oz. before we were down our (very short) driveway. And he's not diabetic (I worried about that too, but he checked out ok). He cut back on fluids around his 2nd b-day and now we have to remind him to drink more 'cause he'll get dehydrated and cranky. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
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#### artgoddess

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A lot of it is habit. I know for me it is. Like the way people will snack on chips, we just always have something to drink around. When we go out to eat the waiters have to refill my water glass like 4 times, same with my son, although in a restaurant we usually let him order lemonade.<br><br>
He had his 4 year 3 month check up (that's what our ped does instead of a 4 year) and he had blood work and a urine test done. Everything came back normal.<br><br>
I think that it's more a symptom of living in the desert.

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I would be concerned about him drinking too much water.<br>
Drinking too much water can have negative health consequences. It can basically strain the kidneys and wash out stored micronutrients out of the body... I understand you live in the desert but I'd probably pay attention to what he really needs vs. what he's drinking.<br>
Good luck figuring it out!

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I just wanted to say, that is so NOT the stupidest question at MDC ever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">

#### artgoddess

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just wanted to say, that is so NOT the stupidest question at MDC ever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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awww thanks!

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As an aside... do you know the fluoride content in your water? That sounds like a lot of water to be drinking and I know fluoride can cause some health problems when consumed in large amounts.

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think that it's more a symptom of living in the desert.</div>
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Quebec is where my heart is (to give you background on my weather preferences <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">) I live in Ohio. When we went to Tennessee I thought that I was going to die of dehydration. I was carrying around a milk jug of water refilling it every hour or so. That was Tennessee, I think that I may <i>actually</i> die if I ever live where you live. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">

#### milkeriffic mama

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Just an aside, but I've found that those that don't live in the desert don't realize how much we need to drink to stay hydrated. I was already a huge water drinker, and my intake increased dramatically after moving from Chicago to Phoenix 5 years ago. DS and DH drink A LOT of water too. Don't know where you are, but here, it's really important to have water with you at all times. So as long as you're not worried and pedi's not worried, then it's all good.

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Where I live, you can practically consume your water via osmosis, lol. It is so freaking humid you're just wet and sticky 24 hours a day!<br><br>
Sorry to go OT.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where I live, you can practically consume your water via osmosis, lol. It is so freaking humid you're just wet and sticky 24 hours a day!<br><br>
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Yep same here!! It can get so yucky!

#### artgoddess

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just an aside, but I've found that those that don't live in the desert don't realize how much we need to drink to stay hydrated. I was already a huge water drinker, and my intake increased dramatically after moving from Chicago to Phoenix 5 years ago. DS and DH drink A LOT of water too. Don't know where you are, but here, it's really important to have water with you at all times. So as long as you're not worried and pedi's not worried, then it's all good.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> yeah I was a little taken aback at the idea there is something wrong with hydrating well. But not everyone live where I live, and I forget sometimes. We are in the high dessert above Los Angeles<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where I live, you can practically consume your water via osmosis, lol. It is so freaking humid you're just wet and sticky 24 hours a day!<br><br>
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Yuck, I would hate that.<br>
We have weeks where the humidity level never climbs into the double digits.

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