Is it ok to give my baby.....

Mackenzie - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Is it okay to give my daughter water at night and if so then how much? She will be 3 months old in exactly one week from today the 20th. If not then when can I or should I start?

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Michelle - posted on 11/25/2009

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Quoting kathy :

pediatricians here in the us do not recommend giving any baby water . they get enough water in their formula or breastmilk . which ia all they actually need in the first year of life . if they are constipated you can give juice ,but most recommedn for formula or breastmilk .why do you think the baby needs extra water?



does juice not contain water???????????

Kendra - posted on 11/25/2009

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i have both breastfed and formula fed my son when breast feeding i was advised not to give water as the breast milk supplies that but when i started to use formula i was advised by my midwife, doctor and health visitor to give him a couple of oz's of water spread out throughout the day as formula is all food

Roxanne - posted on 11/25/2009

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i heard your not suppose to give babies under 6 months water. id talk with your doc

Danielle - posted on 11/25/2009

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I had the same question when my daughter was that age she is now 9 months old. my doctor said no water until she is 5/6 months old then no more than 2 oz a day. Every pediatrician is different so you may want to ask as well. Hope that helps a little.

Lauren - posted on 11/25/2009

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the formula or breastmilk has enough water alone. and if u still insist on giving him/her water then i would give it to them in the morning jus cuz i know they sleep better at night with full bellys.

Yozanne - posted on 11/25/2009

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My baby was formula fed and i was recommended by my health visitor to give him small amounts of cooled boiled water (no more than a couple of oz per day) to try and stretch him out between feeds, also the pediatrician told me to give him water when he became constipated.

Kathy - posted on 11/23/2009

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pediatricians here in the us do not recommend giving any baby water . they get enough water in their formula or breastmilk . which ia all they actually need in the first year of life . if they are constipated you can give juice ,but most recommedn for formula or breastmilk .why do you think the baby needs extra water?

Jenny - posted on 11/23/2009

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i started giving my daughter water when she was maybe about a month old . she is two months now & is fine. we have to give her extra water now because she is getting constipated.

Lacy - posted on 11/23/2009

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i would talk to your doctor first i haven't heard of them needing any extra water while on formula o check just to be safe... and i know when i started giving my daughter water it was a very difficult thing it being so thin compared to a bottle with formula and cereal she choked on it very easily so if you do be careful.

Tatiana - posted on 11/23/2009

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milk has plenty of water in it...the problem with giving them water is that it fills up their tummy and then there isnt room for milk or formular...and too much water could diffuse the electrolytes in her system (basically causing the body to not function properly)...A little tiny bit at night is okay, just to wash the milk from the mouth, preventing any kind of tooth decay (once she starts teething) or bacterial growth.

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Wow, moms on here can be ruthless! I have to agree with some of you though..if you are thinking of substituting water for breast milk or formula..not a good idea..also a swallow..or what one mom said 25 mls is not a terrible idea..maybe unnecissary but several ounces or a whole feed being replaced by water at this age will take away valuable fat and calories that your baby needs to grow.

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It is unnecessary..and I've heard that too much water can actually damage their kidneys..not sure though..with my older boys I would just give them a swallow every once in a while..i figure babies need to whet their whistle everyonce in a while too..but I havn't given my twins anything extra and they are nearly 8 months old.

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2009

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"Formula-fed babies may occasionally require extra water, especially if the weather is hot and they are more thirsty than usual. It is important that giving water does not replace a milk feed and fill your baby up unnecessarily, so only give small quantities at a time. In babies who are younger than six months old, boil the water first and allow it to cool before offering it to your baby.

Your midwife or health visitor may also advise water if your baby becomes constipated, as extra fluids can help to soften the stools. She may also suggest giving extra water if your baby is ill or feverish and requires re-hydration from a source other than milk.

There are many types of flavoured or plain waters, which are marketed solely for babies and toddlers, but these can be expensive and are not necessary. Cooled boiled tap water is sufficient and if your baby gets used to water rather than juice, she will have a lower chance of tooth decay in the future. " babycentre.com

If you breastfeed your baby there is No need to give extra water - just drink more.
If bottlefed dont mix it, give it on hot days and when feverish.

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2009

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Iysha says something about diluting formula...what stupid person would do this anyway. giving water at different times from formula is fine...you should never dilute formula as your baby wont get all the nutrients.

Kathy - posted on 11/23/2009

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We all have different opinions. I think you should call your ped and ask them. They will answer al your questions and have the baby's file there so they can tell you specifically to your baby.

Ashleigh - posted on 11/23/2009

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Babies are meant to eat. They are small, and have small tummies. Of course they are going to want to eat often (especially breastfed babies). Why anyone would give their baby water, I have no clue. They don't need it, breastfed OR formula fed. It has everything they need. Why would you put your child at risk?? Why do you want to give your 3 month old water anyway? Anyway specific reason?

Sarah - posted on 11/23/2009

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Quoting Kyla:

no it is ok i give my baby 2-4 ounces of water instead of formula when she is hungry and through the night i only give her 2 onces when she wakes up at night, but my baby is only 1 month and 1 week so you should find out how much your baby drinks in one sitting and then when baby gets hungry again give baby that much water but careful because water is alot thinner than milk so it comes out of the bottle alot faster



When they are hungry they need FOOD not water.  At 1 mos. they are to be waking up about every 1-2 hrs for breastfeeding for BREASTMILK.  Formula fed are suppose to be waking about every 2-3 hrs for FORMULA NOT WATER.  PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DOC BEFORE DOING WATER INSTEAD OF MILK.

Kyla - posted on 11/22/2009

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no it is ok i give my baby 2-4 ounces of water instead of formula when she is hungry and through the night i only give her 2 onces when she wakes up at night, but my baby is only 1 month and 1 week so you should find out how much your baby drinks in one sitting and then when baby gets hungry again give baby that much water but careful because water is alot thinner than milk so it comes out of the bottle alot faster

Iysha - posted on 11/22/2009

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The article states that 26% of the infants treated for hyponatremia (water intoxication) were given diluted formula. 41% were fed excess water on a daily basis. 44% became water intoxicated within a 24 hour period without a history of being fed excess water.



I can't believe that with all the information out there...and from great internet sources, not questionable oneswe still do things that are not advised by health care professionals. The information is literally at your finger tips. Why ask something about your child's health on Circle of Moms when they should be asked by you at your child's doctor apointments? On here, you get second hand info from moms... we don't have all the answers.

Iysha - posted on 11/22/2009

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ugh...I couldn't get the "" things out of the way of the text. I'm not all that computer savy. lol. But read it the best you can with the interruptions between the words. lol. I am pretty sure the link works.

Iysha - posted on 11/22/2009

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Quoting kristina:

Babies DO need extra water when they are on Formula. I would only girl here about 2 maybe 2 1/2 oz but not more then that.



No, they don't. It is actually dangerous. It causes Hyponatremia (low salt). People die from this...not just babies. For us, it would take an enormous amount of water for this to happen, but for infants, it is a relatively low amount...even just by diluting the formula, you put your child at risk. Here is the link of an article from the Official Journal Of The American Academy Of Pediatrics Web site



http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cg...



if the link didn't work, here's the first paragraph of the site's article:In recent years, hyponatremic seizures resulting from water intoxication have been reported in the United States with an increasing frequency that some have likened to an epidemic. This report includes the cases of two infants treated at our institution for hyponatremic seizures and water intoxication after being fed with the same bottled drinking water product marketed for use in infants. The medical records of all infants

Kristina - posted on 11/22/2009

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Babies DO need extra water when they are on Formula. I would only girl here about 2 maybe 2 1/2 oz but not more then that.

Marcia - posted on 11/22/2009

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NO you should NEVER give a baby water before 6 months of age, as the gut isn't mature enough to handle the impurities in water and it's damaging. Even for a 6 month old onwards it has to be boiled before hand. Giving water to a newborn is really dangerous. Babies younger than six months old should never be given water to drink, Physicians say that letting a baby consume water can put babies at risk of a potentially life-threatening condition known as Water Intoxication.
A babys' kidneys aren't yet mature enough, and giving them too much water causes their bodies to release Sodium along with excess water. Losing sodium can affect brain activity, so early symptoms of water intoxication can include irritability, drowsiness and other mental changes.

Other symptoms include low body temperature (generally 97 degrees or less), puffiness or swelling in the face, and seizures.
Water as a beverage should be completely off limits to babies five months old and younger, Doctors say. parents should also avoid using over-diluted formula, or pediatric drinks containing electrolytes.

Quote "FORMULA, OR BREASTMILK SHOULD BE THE ONLY LIQUID INTAKE YOUR NEWBORN GETS UNTIL 6 MONTHS OF AGE"

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This summer I made sure I drank over a litre of water a day to help provide him with more milk as he needed to be fed more. I didn't want him to dehydrate. At 6 months I started gining him a few mothfiuls out of 20mls of boiled cooled water to body temp or room, never really cold so he didn't get trapped wind which would cause Colic-type pains.

Hope this info helps, just give more feeds and not water. Good luck.

Iysha - posted on 11/22/2009

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Giving too much water too early can be real harmful to babies. It can over hydrate them and can lead to seizures.... basically people's bodies have an equilibrium of water to salt..having too much water in the body makes it so that the water to salt ratio is unbalanced and that is "water intoxication"...it is real easy to over hydrate little ones because well, they are little. lol. Because of this most pediatricians advise against it until 6 months, even then just a little... Their main source of hydration is from breastmilk/formula as well as fruis and veggies. water isn't needed until they rely mostly on actual food for nutrition, not breastmilk/formula.

Sam - posted on 11/22/2009

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When we knew our daughter could go through the night without milk but would still wake up we would give her some water. And now a few weeks later she doesn't wake throughout the night at all (well most nights!!)

Sarah - posted on 11/22/2009

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Babies do NOT need extra water in their diet no matter if they are breastfed or formula fed. Both breastmilk and formula contain enough water in them for your child's diet. Water has no nutrients in it and babies need the nutrients in the breastmilk/formula. So when they are thirsty they are needing breastmilk or formula. Most people start to introduce water around 6-8 mos. when they are introducing the sippy cup. Putting only a little bit in the cup for them to learn how to drink from the cup. As they get closer to being 1 year old then you can add in more water (but make sure they are still drinking enough breastmilk/formula during the day). If you find they are decreasing the amount they take in then decrease the amount of water you give. The nutrients in the breastmilk/formula are what helps the brain develop so you want to make sure they are enough in their diet.

Hanna - posted on 11/22/2009

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usually, they don't recommend water before you start on solids (and i mean real cooked table food, not rice cereal or jarred baby purees) because until then, your baby gets enough hydration from milk/formula and drinking water fills up their tummies which can cause them not getting enough nutrition. it also does affect sodium levels in the blood and something else which can lead to complications. if you live in a really hot climate where your baby is constantly sweating, then you can start introducing a bit of water earlier on (but my son was born in Miami and our pediatrician said not to give him water until i start giving him table food). now he's 8 months old and he drinks water out of sippy cup once or twice a day (2 oz or so).

Rozess - posted on 11/22/2009

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i gave my son water when he was born, i made sure it was boiled and cooled down tho, it helps clean his insides my midwife and plunket nurse told me, nothing bad has happened to my son, and i only gave him 25mls

Christine - posted on 11/20/2009

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Drinking water is not recommended until about six-12 months for breast or bottle fed infants (too much water can cause jaundice or intoxication). too much water lowers sodium levels in the blood causing the brain to swell which can lead to seizures. im not trying to scare anyone but this is why you arent supposed to dilute formula. once a baby is on solids my pediatrician told me it is ok to give him a little water. i have also been advised to give him a little water when he has diarrhea. but be careful with it. i dont know how much is too much but i know my son doesnt need it so i wont risk it. good luck :)

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Talk to your pediatrician first. Most babies don't need extra water and if you give too much it can cause water intoxication. I read no more than 2 ounces of extra water a day. So again, ask your child's doctor.

Michelle - posted on 11/20/2009

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Babies DO need extra water when they are on Formula. They dont need it when they are Breastfed (if the mother is dehydrated, not enough water will get through to the breastmilk)
Do you not give your daughter water between feeds? I take it shes on the bottle? You should give her an ounce of water to ebery 4 ounces of formula she drinks.
With the night time thing, theres no harm in giving your baby water (after you have given her the formula).

Crystal - posted on 11/20/2009

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Babies don't need extra water when they're that young. They get it form their milk/formula. But I've never heard of it being a bad thing. I wouldn't give it to her, but only because it's unnecessary.

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