baby won't drink water

Desarae - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I am having a hard time getting my baby drink water. She is still breastfeeding but she started solids already at 4 months. She eats baby cereal and green beans so far. I try to give it to her after eating but she just won;t have it. Any pointers?

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Christine - posted on 11/20/2009

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too much water can cause water intoxication which drops sodium levels in the body (dilutes the blood) causes the brain to swell, which can cause seizures, and in some cases causes death. this can happen to adults too, it just takes more water. breast milk and formula are primarily water BABIES DO NOT NEED EXTRA WATER.

AM - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Brandy:

Breastfed babies don't need water. If she is having problems digesting, she might not be ready for solids.



I agree.

Minnie - posted on 11/19/2009

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And what benefit do you think water has over your own milk?

Offer her your breast- as you should be doing- she should be getting her nutrition from your milk, not solids, and she certainly does not need water.

Jenelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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My son is 5 months old and he drinks water, we put half a teaspoon of sugar in it, so to him it doesnt just taste like water....we also give him baby juice which you can find in your local supermarket in the baby aisle.

Ami - posted on 11/18/2009

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try sum hipp baby water, its just fruity water and can be given from 4 month, and all you lot sayin dnt giv water wot a load ov rubbish babies need water as much as we do, milk is a food source it may be wet but it doesnt quench their thirst and CAN be given from birth,

Ami - posted on 11/18/2009

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Quoting Rene:

She doesn't need water at this young age. My pediatrician also said no other fluids besides the breast/formula before 1 year. Breast milk/formula gives her the fluid she needs. If she's constipated, stop the cereal. The new recommendation to start solids for a breastfed baby is 6 months old.


 

Alex - posted on 11/18/2009

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Actually they say not to give any fluids beside formula or breastmilk for the first year of life. Juice and water can make them feel full when they are not so they end up not eating enough.

April - posted on 11/18/2009

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My baby is breastfed and My dr. told me to give him 1 oz of boiled water (ofc let it cool down to where your baby can drink it) so it will help have a bowel movement. My Dr. also told me that sometimes babies need a little bit of water a day to help them go and my baby has had a bowel movement every day since I started him on one oz of water everyday.

Tiffany - posted on 11/18/2009

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Just remember not to give your baby too much water because water intoxication can happen. He really probably doesn't even need it. My son is eating solids at 4 months as well. He's eating everything--rice cereal, oatmeal, veggies, and fruits. With the solids he usually eats 3-9 oz bottles a day. He never gets constipated so I don't worry about giving him more water. I believe if you do still feel the need to give her water maybe just add a half an ounce to each bottle of formula, but no more than 2 oz total a day.

Rebecca - posted on 11/17/2009

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babies DO NOT need water a little will not hurt but too much can actually be harmful i know that sounds crazy but it is the truth. babies delicate systems can become unbalanced(such as electrolytes) if given too much, and it can effect the fluid their brain floats in. im not trying to scare you but they dont need except to mix formula or dilute juice until they are at least ayear old

Jessica - posted on 11/17/2009

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This is an article I found online..

Doctors warn Babies Should Never Drink Plain Water:

An infant has been admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, suffering from water intoxication, a potentially fatal condition caused by giving a baby too much water.

Doctors warned Thursday that babies under the age of 6 months old should not be given plain water. Water intoxication happens when a baby’s body takes in more water than he or she can process.

“What can happen is they actually develop a dilutional affect. The water actually dilutes the amount of salt in their blood stream, and it can lead to seizures,” said Dr. Richard Scarfone.

Infants up to 6 months old should only be given breast milk or formula. Babies 6 months old to 1 year old, in addition to breast milk or formula, may have 4 to 6 ounces of juice and up to 8 ounces of water a day. Do not give infants water if they have gastrointestinal problems, Scarfone said.

“It is especially dangerous if the baby is having vomiting or diarrhea. In that setting, you would want to give Pedialite because Pedialite has salt and has sugar in it,” Scarfone said.

The symptoms of water intoxication can be subtle. They can include a change in your baby’s behavior, including extreme fatigue or vomiting.

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My pediatrician said we could start cereal at 4 months, most will tell you that. We just decided not to because she doesn't need it. She's growing great on breastmilk and I'm following the La Leche League's guidelines for starting solids. Good luck!

Desarae - posted on 11/17/2009

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hmm well my pediatrician said to start her on solids and she is digesting fine. I am going to wait on giving her water again. It is true that she gets enough with my breastmilk. Thanks all for the feedback!

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Agreed. My daughter is 6 months old and is only breastfed. When we decide to start solids her doctor said she does not need water. Breastmilk has water in it, that's why you need to drink a lot to keep up your supply.

Brandy - posted on 11/16/2009

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Breastfed babies don't need water. If she is having problems digesting, she might not be ready for solids.

Rene - posted on 11/16/2009

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She doesn't need water at this young age. My pediatrician also said no other fluids besides the breast/formula before 1 year. Breast milk/formula gives her the fluid she needs. If she's constipated, stop the cereal. The new recommendation to start solids for a breastfed baby is 6 months old.

Rebekah - posted on 11/16/2009

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Why does she need to drink water? Constipation while breastfeeding is really rare. My pediatrician told us not to give my son, or now daughter (5 months), ANYTHING to drink other than breastmilk until she's 1 years old (but maybe we're a special case, I don't know).

Iysha - posted on 11/16/2009

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Have you tried feeding her water with a spoon? It might work if she is already taking foods with a spoon.

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