Water Please!

Zach came home on the bus two days ago and my husband was convinced that he was dehydrated. His face was flushed and he couldn't even walk home from the bus stop. Thankfully Dave just happened to have some water with him so he could give Zach a drink.

The ongoing concern with Zach becoming dehydrated is very concerning to me. Are a lot of kids like this or does this have to do with Zach's autism?

He is very particular with the things he will drink. He will only drink "red juice," the occasional water, rootbeer and chocolate milk. I really don't think that Zach would drink enough water if his life depended on it. Of course there is a water fountain at school but I am unsure how well he can drink from it.

We often send a water bottle to school with him but over the last couple of days, he has been refusing to take it. I'm not sure how much he uses it when he has it anyways. I just feel reassured when he has access to something to drink.

Thankfully, yesterday he drank a lot of water at school. Does a child just need to feel awful enough times that he can recognize the need to drink so it doesn't recur repeatedly?

When Zach was smaller, we went to a camp for a birthday party. Zach nearly fainted at the camp because he became so dehydrated. It almost looked like a seizure with his eyes rolling back. Thankfully he recovered when we gave him something to drink.

You can provide drinks but you cannot force someone to drink!