How early can you give an infant water in between feedings? My home is very dry and I think he is just a little thirsty sometimes - he'll cry to eat between feedings and pull off after a minute or so.

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Deb - posted on 03/30/2009

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Well.... interesting debate to say the least...
First of all by the sounds of some of you pp, your acting like water is the main food for the child? if thats the case then you best slow on the water ...
Otherwise ,(reading all the text will never measure to living it)
speaking from years of experience and a newly arrived grandson, a wee bit of water on the occasion is very good for the baby, it lubricates and helps with the bowels.
We live in a very health conscious community and YES IN FACT THE HOSPITAL AND DOCTORS do give a bit of water to infants to flush... I would NOT give TAP water I think that may be where some concerns seem so strong.
From my grandmother and my grandmothers mothers before and so on were all given water as babies, interesting we all survived and had kids of our own.
I think there is way to much on the internet in terms of so called facts,
Maybe if people got back to living clean and healthy and Aware, this conversation would not be taken as a personal attack, and some of you would not be so eager to snap..
We have forgotten the true ways of the earth , look around you ...even infants in the animal kingdom drink water ...
Dont rely on information that may be altered on the net , go seek you grandmothers
and the higher power , there you will find the answers!

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2009

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You can give a baby water anytime. It is actually good if you start early because then they become use to it. I give my son who is 7 weeks water at least once a day. and sometimes more if his soft spot is sunk in to help rehydrate him. If you are concerned just call your doctors nurse they will tell you it is ok. They usually give babies sugar water first when they are born unless you are breast feeding!!!!! I hoped this was helpful

Cassandra - posted on 03/27/2009

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I would suggest that Naila Ratola do some more research. Breastmilk is over 90% water. Babies breastfeeding well do not require extra water, even in summer. If they are not breastfeeding well, they also do not need extra water, but require that the breastfeeding be fixed. Babies do not need extra water even in hot weather. Breast milk is not the same composition as cow's milk.

Shynowa - posted on 03/30/2009

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Hey misty i hate when people like that get rude .. no need for that when you ask qeustions you know right lol..



I really think that the ladies in your mothers group know what they are talking about ... If he is thirsty give him a little drink not much like the 40 mls is a bit much but just to quench his thirst get his throat a little moistend ..



The funny thing about that is one of the nurses i was dealing with in the hospital was from austraillia and she was the one telling me that its okay to give them a little drink just not fill them up with it ...  i dont know  i personally dont see a harm with a little drink now and then i know that at 15 weeks when my son gets constipated i give him a little drink of water and it acts like a lubricant and no longer then an hour his bowels are moving and he is feeling better .. just steralise it like your mothers group told you too thats what i do that or i use bottle water ...



my sister and i drank water when we were infants so did my mother and grandmother and were all okay and still here today :)



cheers misty~



 

Amanda - posted on 03/09/2009

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from you saying that he pulls off after a minute or so, it sounds like you are breastfeeding.  my doctors (pediatrician, ob, as well as the health nurses) have told me that a breastfed baby does not need water.  keep in mind that the milk at the begining of the feeding is his "drink".  if he is only thirsty, let him nurse only for a couple of minutes if that is what he needs.  you say that he "gets hungry between feedings".  do you have him on a set schedule?  i only ask because you can't really "schedule" a breastfed baby - some days they just need to eat more often.  this is particualrily true if baby is going through a growth spurt!  my son is exclusively breastfed and will generally go 2-2.5 hours between feedings during the day (sometimes 3 hours).  but there are days when he will want to eat every hour.  sometimes i feed him and he's rooting again in 45 minutes.  he knows how much he needs and when, just listen to your baby and you'll be fine.  if he never seems to go more than 1-1.5 hours between feedings, talk to your doctor, it is possible that he isn't getting enough to eat.  but i have talked to women whose children nursed every 45 minutes for the first 6months (until solids were introduced).  keep in mind also that water will fill him up, so in the event that your baby is hungry, he is definately not getting what he needs by filling up on water.

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Dee - posted on 04/10/2009

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i have had 2 sons and from birth my sons have been having water and my doctor and health vistior says it is fine to give them water as long as you dont put any juice in it, just check with your health visitor first ...

Stephanie - posted on 04/08/2009

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As others have said, my dr said no water, just formula because they need the calories.

Kristy - posted on 04/06/2009

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my dr told me no more thatn 4 oz other than formula ..the reason she told me was becuase Raelyn was having potty problems and they told me to give her a little juice and i asked howofften

User - posted on 04/05/2009

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we got a cool mist humidifier for this purpose....not only does it keep him from being thirsty but it helps him breathe better....

Jessica - posted on 03/31/2009

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1-2 oz once of water is fine to give a baby i started given my son water when he was about a month, it was new to him but with a little suger, he enjoyed it, i countinued  giving him water once and a whilebetween feedings he is now 4 months and hes fine!, i also buy the baby juice and mix it with over more then hafe water, he loves the new tastes.

Laura - posted on 03/30/2009

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my baby was 11 weeks early and whilst in the scbu she was tube fed, to check this tube was in the stomach you had to pull some stuff up the tube and acid test it, phoebe wasn't always keen on doing this (providing anything for them to test!) and one nurse would put sterile water down her tube to pull it back and check the acid levels on it, i watched one night as she put down 60mls and only pulled back out 5mls which she then put back down gross i know but routine. phoebe must have only been between 4 and 5lbs at the time but it did her no harm. she is a bottle fed baby now and my mum recommended it for when she gets constipated, and i notices her fontella also raises when she's had some water infact i've just started to introduce baby juices which you can from four months and she only takes what she wants, i do it inbetween feeds and she never refuses her feeds. do take advice from your doctor or health visitor but i tend to be wary of the internet, the information provided is there to help but can scare you, i managed to convince myself phoebe's first cold was life threatening (don't ask!) at the end of the day it's your choice and you have to comfortable with it hope it helped! :)

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no water for the baby but geting a humidfer is very helpful. if your baby is almost 3 months old then u can think of adding cereal that is what i did.

Misty - posted on 03/30/2009

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funny this question came up...I'd been noticing my 3 month old son interested in sucking on the face washer in his bath and someone at my mothers group said to try (boil the water, then cool, then re-warm) see if he will take some from a bottle. I tried it today, he took 40 mls straight up.  I decided to ring the australian breastfeeding hotline to see if this would be okay to do once in a while and the answer was a (somewhat rude and impoliet) NOT recommended by the australian breastfeeding association to feed baby water until 6 months of age.. 'Breast milk is 70% water anyway and by feed your son that 40ml, you have filled his belly and he has missed a feed that could of norished and benefitted him.  Thats what she said to me...so I guess dont do it till 6 months?...She was a bit grumpy but i got the message.

Anna Marie - posted on 03/30/2009

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my baby is now 3 months and 2 weeks, i let him drink water because of the weather out here its very hot. As others were saying try to ask your doctor to make sure. Water will not be that bad for a baby for sure not unless its really a new born. I just cant remember when did i start giving my baby a water..i guess when he was 6 or 8 weeks and so...

Jennifer - posted on 03/29/2009

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Seriously, water in an infant can be extremely dangerous. Do what you want, but as some of the pp have said, it can cause water intoxication which can lead to death. A baby's kidneys can't process a lot of water. Just google water intoxication and you will find out. I don't know what hopsital or doctor would recommend water in an infant under 1 year, but EVERYTHING I have read highly recommends against it.

Shynowa - posted on 03/29/2009

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a little warm ater from time to time is fine .... breastfeeding moms do not  have to  give the children water as they are gettign pleanty from the milk but formula babies are able to have water as long as its starile my little boy was 4 1/2 weeks early and the hospital was giving him sterile water it doesnt harm a child obviously dont give the baby water like you would food but a little drink everynow and then to quenche the thirst is fine ..



 

Annette - posted on 03/28/2009

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The pediatrician told me I can give my 3 month old up to 4 ounces of water through out the day. No more than that.

Katie - posted on 03/27/2009

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I was told by the doctor its okay to give him water 1-2 oz once a day as long as it is nursery water or purified water with no flouride.

Kelly - posted on 03/27/2009

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We have such a tough time as moms! There is such a wealth of information available, much of which is conflicting, and it makes our jobs that much harder! Additionally, it seems that our doctors have given each of us different guidance. I wonder if that is attributable to the country (USA, UK), or part of the country, in which we live. For comparison purposes, my pediatrician's recommendation is no water before six months of age for breast and formula fed babies. Based on conversations with my grandmother and mom (both nurses), this guidance has changed several times over the years.

User - posted on 03/25/2009

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People tend to forget that babies are human too. Yes there is water in their formula but when you are very thirsty do you run for milk or water??? Water quenches thirst the best no matter what doctors here in america say. I have given my son Camomile (spell check) tea and water since he was about 4 weeks old. And he's just fine

Tammy - posted on 03/25/2009

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Quoting Toni:



water doesnt screw up a babies system n water can not kill a baby unless it was extremely dirty and undrinkable





That is not true.  Do a search on Water Intoxication.  It's in fact very easy to give an infant too much water.  Check out this link: Water Intoxication 



 



To quote the referenced link:



"Too much water dilutes sodium in the blood and flushes it out of the body, thus altering brain activity, which can lead to a seizure...Breast milk and formula are the best way to keep a child under 1 year of age who is not eating solid foods hydrated, pediatrician Allen Walker says, and straight water should be avoided." --  Johns Hopkins Children’s Medical Center.



 



There are documented cases of infants dying from water intoxication.  So anyone considering giving their baby water should talk to their doctor about water intoxication first.




Gloria - posted on 03/10/2009

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My doctor told me not to give my baby anything other than formula until 6 months of age

Toni - posted on 03/09/2009

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water doesnt screw up a babies system n water can not kill a baby unless it was extremely dirty and undrinkable i was advised by the hospital to give my baby water n i have done so since she was 3 weeks old babies get thirsty too jus remember they r living breathing humans jus like us they dont need food all the time n thats wat breastmilk n formula is.. we dont eat wen we're thirsty.

Toni - posted on 03/09/2009

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ive give my baby water, a baby is a person to n they get thirsty jus like we do, wen u get thirsty u dont eat do u have a drink of water, jus try the water it doesnt do n e thing to them as it quenches their thirst ull find that its all ur baby needs, my baby drinks 125 mls of water a day i give her some water every 2 hours after a feed

Amanda - posted on 03/09/2009

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my son has bad constipation issues so my doctor has told me to go ahead and give him water in between feedings. It has helped with his costipation.

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Hi Shana, My pediatrician told me that I could start giving bottled water at 2 months old. Babies are often thirsty and don't want milk so you can give water in between feedings. My son is 11 weeks old, he has it a few times a day and enjoys it because he spits up a lot so when he drinks the water it takes away the bad taste....he usually smiles right after he drinks it.

Jessica - posted on 03/08/2009

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Infants are not supposed to have any water because it has no nutrients and may fill them up quicker when they should be getting their nutrients from formula. Ask your pediatrition. I believe w/them being so small it could also lower their electrolyte levels.

Then again Im still alive and my mom gave me water as an infant. But I wouldnt give it to my kids. HOpe I helped

Erika - posted on 03/08/2009

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They dont really need water this young. As long as they are feeding from breast milk or formula, thats all they need. Whenever you do decide to introduce water, make sure its been bolied and sterilized.

Sabrina - posted on 03/08/2009

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I heard of a lady trying to save money on formula an just not putting the right amount of formula to water an her baby eneded up dying from water poisoning

Sabrina - posted on 03/08/2009

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I heard of a lady trying to save money on formula an just not putting the right amount of formula to water an her baby eneded up dying from water poisoning

User - posted on 02/15/2009

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breast fed babies should not have water, I don't know about formula fed though.



Babies this little though need to feed on demand, and you say he is fussy sometimes between feedings? Well this might mean he is actually hungry, especially if they are going through a growth spurt they will want to be eating more frequently, even formula fed babies.



This is why most experts say you can't get a baby this young on a schedule because they are growing so much that they need to eat on demand. So if your baby is being fussy in between feedings I think you should feed him either breast milk or formula.



Both my doctor and midwife said not to give water.



Some doctors are pretty old school and might not know about newer research in this area....giving babies water was something our parents would have done and their doctors would have told them to do. But it really shouldn't be recommended now.

Krystle - posted on 02/15/2009

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I have had nurses, midwives and doctors tell me that it is perfectly safe to give a bottle fed baby water. Often formula fed babies get constipated and the water helps with this. Also if it is hot and you child is dehydrated it is safe to give them water as you cannot give them too much formula, however if you are breast feeding all you need to do is give them more frequent feeds as they get water from the breast milk.

Emily - posted on 02/14/2009

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I just asked my doc at my baby's 2 month old appt. if she needed water and he said no. He said she is getting all the water she needs through the breastmilk. We have a humidifier running, and I think that helps with the dryness of the house. I have just started noticing that she is really crying because she's bored, not hungry, but she makes all the hungry signs because I think that's all she is really sure she can communicate right now. Try bouncing him around a bit before you feed him and that will at least solidify his hunger in his own mind. You know what I mean?

Kristin - posted on 02/13/2009

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i guess my dr just dropped the ball. He suggested giving my son water if he was still hungry after he just fed..but this is immidiatly after he fed. My dr actually gave him an once of water after he ate at his two week check up maybe my dr is a quack but i know that ive never given my son water since i breastfeed so i dont have any bottles to put it in hahaha

Jacqueline - posted on 02/13/2009

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My doctor said the same thing...never give a baby water. It can in rare causes be fatal. I have heard about babies having seizures also. My little girl was doing the same thing and a pacifier did the trick!

Good Luck!

Sherry - posted on 02/12/2009

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Giving a baby water dilutes the sodium in the blood which can cause the baby's body  to not function properly.  Examples: low body temperature, bloating, and possible seizures!   I personally  would not put my baby at risk.



Babies need to suck, so he is probably not thirsty but just wants to suck! Try a pacifier maybe? And yes, use a humidifer!  It helps!

Michelle - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have also been told NOT to give them water, they get enough thru breastmilk/formula. They will feel full from the water and therefore eat less which causes them to lack in their nutritional needs!! Put a vaporizer or humidifier in the bedroom if your worried about the dry air!

Stacey - posted on 02/11/2009

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I will add my 2 cents here. My Doc also said to never give an infant water. They are so tiny they should only have breast milk or formula. Water can actually screw up their system at this early of an age. That is my Doc's advice take or leave it! :-)

Elisabeth - posted on 02/11/2009

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my baby is 8 weeks tomorrow and his doctor said to never give him water.  I asked him why he continued to tell me no water and he said it can actually do more harm than good.  if your home is dry try to get a vaporizor or talk to your doctor.  When my baby is hungry i make him another ounce to drink.  I hope this was helpful

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