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How can I tell if my toddler is dehydrated or not drinking enough fluids during potty training?

Hello everyone,

My toddler is currently going through the potty training phase, and I'm having some concerns about whether he is drinking enough fluids or not. As you all know, staying hydrated is very important, but it can be tricky to know if a toddler is drinking enough, especially during this stage where they are learning to use the toilet.

I'm noticing that my son is not peeing as much as usual, and I'm worried that he might be dehydrated. He sometimes resists drinking water or other fluids, and I don't know if this is related to the potty training process or if he just doesn't like the taste of water.

Are there any signs I should be looking for to know if my toddler is dehydrated or not drinking enough fluids? And are there any strategies or tips you have for encouraging a toddler to drink more water during potty training?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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I completely understand your concern as my son also faced dehydration issues during potty training. One of the things that happened was he would resist drinking fluids and I used to worry about him getting dehydrated.

A strategy that really helped me was to keep a variety of fluids on hand, including water, and juice, at all times. Also, make sure they are drinking enough fluids BEFORE going to the bathroom. That way, if your child is resisting fluids during potty training, at least you know they have adequate fluids in their system before trying to use the bathroom.

As for signs of dehydration, pay attention to cues like dizziness, dry mouth, decreased urination, lethargy, and irritability. If you're concerned that your child is dehydrated, it's important to seek medical attention.

In the end, it's all about patience and creativity when dealing with toddlers. Keep trying new approaches to encourage fluid intake, and don't be afraid to get creative with how you present the fluids. Whether it's a funky new cup or using straws, make it fun, and your toddler will be more likely to drink fluids. Best of luck!


Hi there,

I can relate to your concern about your toddler not drinking enough fluids during potty training. My daughter was very finicky about what she drank and how much she drank, and that made me anxious about her getting dehydrated.

I discovered that it's important to have a balance between water and other fluids like milk or fruit juices. I made it a habit to offer my daughter water before and after meals to encourage her to drink more liquids. Also, whenever we were out and about, I brought along a sippy cup filled with water or juice to keep her hydrated.

Another strategy that worked for us was to allow her to choose her own cups and even let her make her own fruit juice or smoothie. This got her more excited about drinking fluids, and she was more likely to drink larger quantities.

In terms of knowing if your toddler is dehydrated or not, watch out for signs and symptoms like fatigue, dry mouth, sunken eyes, crying without tears, and lack of urination. If you observe any of these signs, try to give them more fluids and take them to the doctor if the symptoms persist.

In conclusion, encouraging your toddler to drink enough fluids during potty training takes some creativity and patience, so don't be afraid to try new things until you find what works for you and your child.



I can relate to your worries about dehydration during potty training. My daughter struggled to drink enough fluids during this stage, and I was constantly worried about her health.

One technique that worked for us was creating a fluid chart. We drew some cute little icons that represented types of fluids like water, milk or fruit juice, which I then displayed on our refrigerator. Each time she drank a certain amount from her sippy cup, I would make a point of adding a sticker or a drawing in the corresponding fluid section. This made drinking fluids into a game and helped her stay hydrated.

Another technique that worked was using an app to track her fluid intake. There are several available on the app store, and a few are free. I found that they were really helpful as most provide you with notifications throughout the day reminding you to encourage fluids.

In terms of dehydration, keep a watch for signs like lethargy, irritability, sunken eyes, and infrequent urination. If you notice any of these signs, don't hesitate to visit a doctor.

In conclusion, encouraging fluid intake during potty training is essential for your child's health. Try different techniques like charts, apps, and even reward systems to help your toddler stay hydrated. Just remember to stay patient, as every child is unique, and they will find their way to enough fluid intake.


Hi there,

I can totally relate to your concern about your toddler not drinking enough fluids during potty training. When my son was going through this phase, I noticed that he was not drinking as much water as he used to and wasn't peeing as frequently either.

One thing I did to encourage him to drink more fluids was to make it fun for him. I bought him a special water bottle with his favorite character on it and let him pick out different straws to use with it. I also made sure to offer him water regularly throughout the day, and sometimes added some natural flavorings like sliced fruit or herbs to make it more appealing.

As for knowing if your toddler is dehydrated, some signs to watch out for are dry mouth, dark yellow urine, fewer wet diapers than usual, lethargy, and irritability. If you notice any of these symptoms, try giving your toddler more fluids and seek medical attention if they persist.

Remember that every child is different, and some may need more or less fluids than others, so it's important to pay attention to your child's individual needs and behavior. Hope this helps!



I can totally understand your concern regarding your toddler's fluid intake while potty training. My daughter was going through the same stage last year, and I also faced some challenges getting her to drink enough fluids.

What worked for us was introducing more fluids into her diet in the form of fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. For example, I gave her watermelon, cucumber, and grapes more frequently, and she loved them. She also enjoyed drinking diluted juices and coconut water.

To know if your toddler is drinking enough fluids, you can monitor their urine output. If they are peeing regularly and the urine is a pale yellow color, then it's a good sign that they are getting enough fluids. If you notice any dryness of the mouth or scarce wet diapers, it's best to consult a pediatrician.

Encouraging your toddler to drink more fluids during potty training takes some patience and creativity, but with consistent efforts and the right approach, it can be done. Good luck!



As a fellow parent, I can relate to your concerns about dehydration during potty training. Even though my toddler was an avid drinker, I noticed she wasn't drinking enough fluids and her urine was a darker yellow than usual.

One thing that worked for us was to offer her water and fruit juices at regular intervals throughout the day, even when she wasn't thirsty. I would also place a sippy cup near her, so she could drink whenever she wanted.

Another strategy that worked was giving her frozen fruit popsicles or yogurt smoothies as a healthy option for hydration. She absolutely loved them and would often ask for more.

As for signs of dehydration during potty training, keep an eye out for dry mouth, dry eyes, a sunken fontanel, decreased urination, thirst, and fatigue. If you notice any of these signs, try to give them more fluids and take them to the doctor if symptoms continue.

In summary, keeping your toddler hydrated during potty training is essential for their health and well-being. Try different fluid options and keep a close watch for signs of dehydration to ensure your child stays healthy and happy.

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