is my 7week old to young for water?

Crystal - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 weeks old and weighs 12 pounds. He eats 4-6oz every couple hours. I was told to try giving him water but i wasnt sure if he was still to young

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Roxy - posted on 09/11/2009

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Ask your pediatrician. Ours told us no water is needed because they get enough in the breast milk or formula either way.

Jillian - posted on 09/10/2009

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i give my baby a little bit of water each day to get the formula off her tongue so she doesnt get thrush. my aunt did that with her children and they r perfectly healthy.

Brooke - posted on 09/07/2009

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some people need to get facts straight.. Yes to much water can harm your baby but if you are giving him small amounts between feeds it will not hurt him. There is only a need for it if there is concern that he is not hydrated enough but it is your choice. I was told formula fed babies are more likely to need water as formula is food, breast milk changes it has the fore milk which is watery to hydrate baby and hind milk to satisfy babies hunger.

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User - posted on 09/11/2009

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Unless you live in a hot climate or he is dehydrated from an illness, no. It will fill him up and he won't want milk. If you must, make sure its boiled.

Heather - posted on 09/10/2009

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YES! NO WATER UNTIL AT LEAST 6 MONTHS IT THROWS OFF HIS ELECTROLYTES SYSTEM. ASK YOU PED!

Kimberly - posted on 09/10/2009

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he shouldnt drink water until 4 months at least thats whut my sons ped told me he is 7 months now and he dont like water but they get enough water from thier fomrula and the ydont do nething to get thirsty yet newayz

Rebecca - posted on 09/10/2009

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So long as your baby is still getting the feeds that he is required to have then water is not a problem, just don't give excessive amounts of replace a feed with it. Being that he is so young make sure that you use cooled boiled water.

Water also helps babies with wind too.

In my opinion if your baby is already 12 pounds and eating that often than maybe try talking to your doctor as he may be in need of a different form of supplement.

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2009

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i gave m son cooled water to help to keep him hydrated as he was born in jan so summer baby, it also helps when they have a pain in the tummy.

Andrea - posted on 09/09/2009

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It is not necessary. All babies need is breastmilk/formula. You can start giving him water until he is like 6 months old.

Tarah - posted on 09/08/2009

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your baby is way to young. When they hit about 6 MONTHS they can have about 2 ounces of water or juice a day!

Angie - posted on 09/08/2009

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Don't worry, my husband asked me the same question. Your 7 month old is getting enough fluids through the formula or breastmilk. Babies eat every couple hours. That's normal. If your baby is still hungry/thirsty after a feeding, you can maybe try giving a few more ounces of milk. This might be the issue. Babies do go through the growth spurts though and you just do what you can to accomidate. Water isn't ok to give because your baby needs to have the nutrients with those fluids. So if your little one seems thirsty, he's probably just hungry for more. It could be that he's just not getting enough at each feeding. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Water is NOT ok for babies!!! Why do people not know that??? You could kill you child! Do not do it! If you don't believe me, here you go!:

http://chemistry.about.com/b/2006/01/17/...

Too much water throws their electrolyte/sodium levels off! It can cause convulsions, seizures and death!!!! DON'T DO IT!!!

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My fam always has fed an ounce of water after a walk if it was hot, etc and we all have great kids and those of us who are grown turned out okay (a truly unbiased opinion of course:) I think they just want to be sure no one tries to fend off feeding time with water instead of milk b/c it can throw off their electrolytes if they have too much water.

Angie - posted on 09/07/2009

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A 7 week old does not need water. Will it hurt him? Probably not. But it could. The problem with water is it's hard to know when too much has been given and too much water can really mess with a babies electrolyte balance and cause serious harm. Breastmilk and formula supply all the hydration a baby needs. In cases of serious dehydration some peds will suggest a pedialyte type drink but even then, if breastfeeding, the pedialyte is not necessary.

Courtney - posted on 09/07/2009

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There is no need to give your baby water unless he is sick and can't hold his milk down. Whether breast fed or formula fed, babies will get enough water. Is the person suggesting this *because* he is eating every couple hours? Babies will go through growth spurts and will want more milk frequently, giving them water during these times as a substitute for milk won't be good for his development or nourishment. Trust your baby - he knows what he needs and when!

Tenielle - posted on 09/07/2009

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hey my pead said cooled boil water is fine, they only use to say not to as some mothers would give water instead of milk. your not meant to use it as a meal just between

Sarah - posted on 09/07/2009

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Yes, at 7 wks they should only be drinking breastmilk or formula. I did not indroduce water until about 6 mos. when I was trying to get them used to the sippy cup. I also did not give much water, just enough for them to get something. You baby is eating what most 7 wks old eat, so he is doing just what he is suppose to be doing. Milk is where they get their nutrients from, so you want them drinking what they are suppose to be drinking of milk and not filling them up with water which has no nutrients.

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Cooled, boiled water is okay from birth as far as I know. Babies don't need water to drink though as they should be getting enough water in their milk. If your baby has diarrhoea or vomiting and trouble keeping milk down you may need to give him water to keep him from being dehydrated, but otherwise there's no need for it.

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