When should children start drinking water?

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Ruth - posted on 12/27/2009

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i saw on "the doctors" (the tv show) that giving plain water to newborns and infants can cause them to have seizures. i asked my daughters pediatrician about this and she confirmed it.

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Carly - posted on 12/29/2009

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And another thing, I always think about how when you carry your baby about 80% of your fluid is water & its what the feed off for 9 months! They don't have seizures in your stomach! & Babies can be born into water & left in for a certain ammount of time and I bet they swallow some. Water is a natural substance that is vital to all humans, animals and the land. Like I said just offer a small ammount, it wont hurt your baby x

Carly - posted on 12/29/2009

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There is an awful lot of debate about this, but I was given water by my Mother from birth and there is nothing wrong with me or my siblings! She never gave us alot only about half an ounce especially if it's a hot day and there is a chance of dehydration. Just make sure you offer a small ammount and that it has always been boiled! :)

Marcie - posted on 12/29/2009

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i actually just asked my 3 month olds ped yesturday and he said he could have 1 to 2 ounces twice a day. he said that its not dangerous unless its alot of water there drinking. he enjoys drinking in between feedings.

Tammy - posted on 12/29/2009

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I was told by my doctor it was okay to give some to my daughter to help with constipation! She is doing fine!

Marnie - posted on 12/28/2009

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Well my pediatrician told us that once we started formula we would have to give our daughter water. She said they don't get enough with formula so it was important that she had at least 5ml per day but recommended up to 25ml at the time. She is now 8 months old and sometimes drinks a full bottle if it's hot over the course of the day. We have had no problems:-) Hope this helps

Tia - posted on 12/27/2009

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I was told right from birth a little bit each days, also will keep them from getting constipated!!!

Sharleen - posted on 12/26/2009

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all my kids started drinking water from day one, i have a 16 , 14 and now a 4 month old just try and dont worry if he spits it out its a new taste for them ..good luck

Valerie - posted on 12/26/2009

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i started offering sips at six months...kids weren't too serious about it until around nine months...warmer weather sometimes leads to more water earlier but be careful...water shouldn't substitute milk...

Nicola - posted on 12/26/2009

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when i was in hosiptal having my second child i asked them when i can start giving my baby water as my first child wont drink water unless i squeeze some in from botttle now,and they told me from birth...

Melissa - posted on 12/26/2009

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I was reading through a book they gave ma at the hospital, and it says babies who drink formula may not get enough water and you may have to give them a little water. Also, breastfed babies should get enough water from breastmilk. But if you're baby has been warm or has deahrea then it needs additional water (or pedalyte). After I stopped breastfeeding, I found that she still seemed thirsty after formula, but didn't really want more formula, she would try to drink the water in her bath, etc., so I gave her a little water.

Krystal - posted on 12/25/2009

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How old is your bubba? Also depends on if your BF or bottlefeeding. My son is BF but i still offered water between feeds on hot days from around 6weeks (i think) He never really took much tho. Now he is nearly 10mths and drinks a bottle of water each day, maybe more. x

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