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Old 12-22-2009, 01:45 PM
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Are any of your toddlers/kids addicted to juice?

I have a problem with my 2.5 year old. He is absolutely addicted to apple juice. I never give him straight juice... pretty much 75% water and 25% juice, but still I am concerned. He drinks a RIDICULOUS amount of it (like 10 large sippy cups a day and at least 2 before bed). The problem is then he pees like crazy. He soaks thru overnight diapers every night. I do know that excessive thirst and urination are a symptom of juvenile diabetes and i am actually going to borrow a friends glucometer to check him myself... but the nurse in me doesn't think he has diabetes. He doesn't have any other symptoms. And when I make him only drink water he doesnt' drink as much.

I really just think he's addicted to the juice. Even though its only a splash. I try to say no and only drink water but he throws major 2 year old tantrums. I know I am the parent. But it is really hard to say no. Esp when trying to go to bed. Plus because he drinks so much, he hardly eats anything.

Help!! Anyone else have this problem? Advice?
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:46 PM
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My son was like that, too. Maybe not drinking quite that much, but he wouldn't take anything but (diluted) juice. I just stopped buying juice and only gave him water. He wasn't happy with it, but I figured if he was thirsty, he'd drink it. And he did. Even now, I try to only give him juice once a day, and the rest of the day he gets water or milk (milk mainly only at meal times, though, and usually not until most of his meal is gone, or he'll fill up on the milk ). If he's soaking through at night, it may be time to start limiting how much he has to drink before bed. My son is still not consistently dry at night (he'll be 5 in March), so pretty much after dinner, he's limited in how much he can drink. If he's thirsty going to bed, he may have a sip or two of water, but no guzzling half a bottle or anything.
I know the fits suck, but I think you're just going to have to put your foot down. Maybe once he sees that you mean business, he'll give up the fits quickly.
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:35 AM
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I'd be very worried for his teeth. Definitely do not allow him to go to bed with a bottle of juice.
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:14 PM
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:31 PM
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my son used to.. but now hes a water addict We just started giving him water most of the time and he got used to it
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:51 PM
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My daughter is like that and she's 4 right now I haven't limited her....yet.... she's not trained for night yet either, she is a VERY heavy sleeper, some nights she will get up and go, but other nights she just keeps right on sleepin
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:33 PM
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:38 PM
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just don't get in this habit. i've seen too many horror dental cases
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:14 PM
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I'm glad you are having him checked for diabetes. Its a huge concern of mine with my kids because it runs in the family. I just had my baby tested because she is always thirsty but she just wants water.
I only allow my kids to have 1 cup of juice a day because obviously it just turns to sugar.

I agree that it is so hard to say no when babes are so attached to things. I hope you can figure out a solution.
I have the opposite problem with my daughter's eating habits. She won't stop. She's always hungry & she's at the 95th percentile for height & weight. She's a lunker lol.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:25 AM
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My kids LOVE their milk! They like juice too, but we can't wake up in the morning without milk. I haven't let my kids go to bed with it though. I'll let them have some before bedtime to wind down, but then it's off to brush their teeth.

I agree that if you only give him the option of water with the occasional juice, he'll probably throw a couple of tantrums, then when he sees that you are consistent, he'll realize that that is it. It's no fun, I know...my son is 3 and is king of tantrums! Maybe just try it on a day when you are home & are better equipped to deal with them. Good luck!

Or.... you could just dilute it sooo much that eventually it's just water. (or is that mean?)
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:01 PM
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I must be the hitler of mothers because Abram never got juice in a bottle, or milk for that matter. He never got to use a binky, he started on a sippy cup at 11 months. No bottles at bedtime, no bottles to go to sleep.....I just didn't want to get that *started* so to speak. When he did have juice it was mostly water and a little juice. He only gets apple juice in his lunch if he doesn't have milk that day at school. And occasionally juice at dinner time. Water at night since he does wake up to go potty and hasn't an accident in forever.

Now this new child....I may have to given a little. I am too old to be up all night long. lol
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^ you and i are hitler alike then.

a few of mine did have binkies, but that was their only vice.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:44 PM
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i still have this problem. <3 juice
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:59 PM
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^ i can only hope you don't drink your juice from a bottle at bedtime, vik.
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I've always limited my daughter to about 4oz. of 100% (usually organic) juice per day. She thinks of it more like a treat. She also will get 1 chocolate milk or soy milk box once per week at school for a treat. Other than that she drinks watered down soy milk, organic milk, or water. You have to just take it away. Cold turkey. There might be 2-3 days of major tantrums, but after you get through that they get over it. We had to do this when my daughter wouldn't give up her bottle.
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I don't have kids so my advice is probably not worth much, but I would just gradually dilute it until he's basically drinking water anyway, haha... if you do it slowly enough, would he notice?
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I don't have kids so my advice is probably not worth much, but I would just gradually dilute it until he's basically drinking water anyway, haha... if you do it slowly enough, would he notice?
I used to do this for a family member of mine who was an alcoholic. He noticed.
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I serve my little boy v8 fusion. It has no added sugar, no hfcs. It is a blend of vegetable and fruit juices. My little boy hates carrots and that is the primary vegetable juice.

I never have served juice or milk at bedtime though. We have also always taught him about making healthy food and beverage choices. He knows that he gets 1 cup of juice, 2 cups of milk each day and after that he must drink water. He knows at mealtime that his vegetable, fruit and lean meat are the healthy choice and that he cannot have seconds on bread until those are gone.

We have been teaching and reinforcing this since he was 2. I want him to understand and make healthy choices in his diet, especially since once he goes to school they let the kids get whatever they want in the cafeteria - even in kindergarten . If it were up to him though, he'd have a lunchable at every meal and a Reese's peanut butter cup for dessert.
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i still have this problem. <3 juice
You <3 the babyjuice??
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You <3 the babyjuice??
yes , but not the juice that makes babies
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