Is your child drinking enough during the day?

Is your child drinking enough during the day?

It is important to make sure your child is drinking during the day.  It may even be more important than fluid restricting at night.  I want you to truly track your child’s fluid intake for one day.  If they are not meeting their goal explain to them their 4 pm goal.  Measure it out in your typical glasses/water bottles and show them what they should be drinking during the day, even at school.  Water fountain trips don’t count because you can’t track it.  This won’t cure bedwetting, but it will decrease the volume of wetting overnight.  This is extremely helpful for kids who wet outside of their pull up at night.

If you aren’t sure they are truthful about the volume they are drinking during the day, you can look at their urine in the evening, the goal is clear to light yellow urine.

Goal Hydration

Child’s Weight

Hydration goal before 4 pm

Total Hydration for the Day

44-66 pounds

~ 40 ounces

~ 53 ounces of fluids a day

66-88 pounds

~ 45 ounces

~ 60 ounces of fluids a day

88-110 pounds

~ 49 ounces

~ 65 ounces of fluids a day

110-132 pounds

~ 54 ounces

~ 72 ounces of fluids a day

132-154 pounds

~ 58 ounces

~ 78 ounces of fluids a day

These are minimums, if your child is active, they may need more.

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