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Old 06-19-2007, 11:38 AM
 
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We all know adults need quite a bit of water to stay hydrated but what about kids? I've hear 2 ozs. every 20 min. when they're outside. My son is 3 and drinks out of a 12 oz. sippy. How much should he be drinking a day?
Also at what age do toddlers start needing water? Thanks. signed clueless
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:40 AM
 
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Is your toddler still in diapers?

A good indicator at that young of an age is if they still have regular wet diapers - if not, or if they seem less, then your toddler could need more water.
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:07 PM
 
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Ya my girl just turned 1. I haven't been giving her water. She definately has no problem with wet diapers though.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:08 PM
 
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Found this calculator...seems to work for all weights, including toddlers. Hydration Calculator - Drinking Enough Water But your best bet would be to ask your pediatrician. Liz
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Old 06-20-2007, 02:41 AM
 
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Found this calculator...seems to work for all weights, including toddlers. Hydration Calculator - Drinking Enough Water But your best bet would be to ask your pediatrician. Liz
Ha Ha...that calculator said I need to drink 5 liters a day! I do drink about 3 liters a day and really that's enough...LOL

Dreameyes...ask your pediatrician how much water to supplement. Too much is bad for them. At that age my boys were still drinking 4 bottles of milk and maybe 8 oz of water or dilluted juice on top of it. But ask your pediatrician because guidelines change often and you will want the information based on your daughter's intake of milk/breast milk and her weight. Good luck!
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:52 AM
 
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our bodies are made up of 70% of water, and drinking water is a good thing, but some people go to extremes, as in anything else. I think it's good to give your children water....and for all of us to drink water, but to much is not good either. I believe water companies are making a mint on us, and our stupidity about just how much water we should drink.

Not to mention for years...I've been saying...bottled mountain fresh spring water is nothing more then water being pumped into bottles from another source is all...???????

plus....different people have different percentages of their bodies made up of
water. Babies have the most, being born at about 78%. By one year of age,
that amound drops to about 65%. In adult men, about 60% of their bodies
are water. However, fat tissue does not have as much water as lean tissue.
In adult women, fat makes up more of the body than men, so they have about
55% of thier bodies made of water. Fat men also have less water (as a
percentage) than thin men.

So you can see three possible reasons for the discrepancies you have found:
1) Babies and kids have more water (as a percantage) than adults.
2) Women have less water than men (as a percentage).
3) Fat people have less water than thin people (as a percentage).

A forth reason is that different people measure per cent water a little
differently, causing small differences in the answer.

and I believe when one must analyze to this degree it becomes silly?

When the body is thirsty, it tells us, doesn't it?

I believe its kinda silly that we're all walking around with bottled water?

But that's just me?
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:56 AM
 
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When the body is thirsty, it tells us, doesn't it?

I believe its kinda silly that we're all walking around with bottled water?
That's true, it does tell us.

However bottled water handy (even if you refilled it yourself) just makes it easier to carry and drink the water when your body does remind you. Liz
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