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Sarah0 posted:
My son is just turning 5 and was still drinking out of sippy cups. We decided that it was past time to get rid of them and let him drink from a regular cup, however, he now won't drink anything. He's getting maybe 10-12 ounces of liquids a day is only going to the bathroom 2 or 3 times. How much should he be drinking and should I be concerned?
Roy Benaroch, MD responded:
A neurologically normal, healthy individual with access to fluids will not become dangerously (or even close to dangerously) dehydrated. When he's thirsty, he will drink.

If it's important to you that he stop using sippy cups, discard them and stop talking about this issue. Don't watch his fluid intake, and do not monitor his trips to the bathroom. When you stop paying attention, the problem (if there is one) will be solved.

Best of luck-

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