i have a new born who is 11 days old can i start givine him water
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Stefanie - posted on 02/01/2010
No, you can not give a baby water. Babies can ONLY have breastmilk or formula at this age unless directed by a doctor otherwise. Not only would water be an "empty" drink void of calories and nutrients that the baby needs, but more importantly, it does not have any electrolytes. It only takes a little bit of water for a baby to develop an electrolyte imbalance, and with too much water they can get what is called "water toxemia." Have you ever heard of dying from drinking too much water? there was a woman who died of that about a year or two ago that was on the news. Anyways, you can. With babies "too much water" is not gallons like it is in adults, it is just an ounce or two for some babies. Unfortunately there are babies dying from this condition, mostly from mothers that dilute the formula too much in order to make it stretch, but also from those that give their babies straight water.
Your brain needs electrolytes to function, when you have too much water in your system, the electrolytes are very diluted and your brain can't function, and you will become incoherent and almost drunk like. If you have WAY too much water, then your brain shuts down and you die. Please look up water toxemia before giving your baby water... it is a very serious condition.
Breastmilk is nearly 90% water and formula is 88%. Your baby is getting plenty of water and giving him/her more will only harm them, not help them. They do not need any water until much later. They need water with solids for formula fed babies, but breastfed babies don't need water until after they are one year old.
Anna - posted on 03/09/2010
Water can be used, but ONLY if you are directed to give it by your child's pediatrician. Giving a newborn water for the sake of giving water is NOT a good thing to do. As people have already said, your baby gets all the water she/he needs from formula/breastmilk. Water might fill your baby up, but at the cost of robbing him/her of nutrients, and it can have devastating effects like diluting the electrolytes naturally found in the body, which can lead to seizures and hospitalization. There is absolutely no reason to give a baby water before he/she is six months old, and even then you should only give a few ounces a day.
Naomi - posted on 02/08/2010
Im a new mum with a 1 month old... and i have asked around. when my little girl was constipated i was told by a professional to give 30 mls of water with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and it softens it up.... also in summer for formula fed babies its ok to give a small amount of water for hydrations reasons but only after a feed so not to replace a bottle of formula... but always talk to your doctor and see what they recommend... but generally their food (breast or formula) should be enough
Emma - posted on 02/07/2010
Most of you have said no and I asked the health nurse the other day about it as my son gets really bad wind - guess what draws the bubbles together - water - not much but enough to ease his little tumtum. My son is now a month old
Jessica - posted on 02/02/2010
giving a newborn water is not good, they get all the water they need in breastmilk or formula, which ever one your doing is exactly what he needs. too much water can cause jaundice or intoxication, giving a baby water isn't recommended until they are between 6 and 12 months of age. what we tell new moms and dads that come into the clinic ( i'm a nurse in a peditricians office) is you don't need to give your baby water until they begin eating solid foods. if you give a baby water it will fill them up, so instead of getting the nutrition that they need they will be getting nothing but a full tummy, it's not good for an adult to skip a meal, and it's even worse for a newborn to skip a meal.
Georgia - posted on 02/01/2010
A lot of good advice here. Personally, I would not, because someone I know gave my little one water when she was barely two weeks old giving her a stomach ache after I told them not too. What really made me more mad than having them give her the water after I specifically said not too, was that when she was up all night with a stomach ache and crying, they were not the ones staying up all night with her. Plus others have mentioned that your baby will get the water he or she needs in his or her formula and breastmilk....so I wouldn't.
Rebeca - posted on 01/26/2010
From personal experience I'd say yes only when the you see that the baby's mouth looked very chapped.... but only a very small amount. My most recent baby 2 weeks old now, he had very chapped lips and his mouth was very dry... even though I was breastfeeding... so I gave him just a small amount of water right after breastfeeding him... and that took care of the problem. You can either do that, or you can also try drinking more water yourself.... that's one thing I should work one!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST OF LUCK!!!!!!!!!
Going from what I was told in the hospital, I'd say no. Water will fill his tummy and make him feel full when he's not. It's effectively giving him empty calories, which isn't good when right now, he needs all the calories he can get from his food to grow.
Kelly - posted on 01/19/2010
Without looking it up I remember from my first child (who turned 3 today) that it is not recommended to give a child water until 6 months of age. The child will get all the water and nutrients that he/she needs from either formula or breast milk. By giving the child water you fill their stomach, tricking them into thinking they are full, but robbing them of the calories that they need to grow and be satisfied.
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