Kara - posted on 02/19/2009
My daughter was born on the 13th of January. I was breastfeeding her but now i'm not producing enough so we've switched to formula. But that was constipating her...so i called the doctor and they said try Enfamil Gentlease formula...and add 1/2 oz of extra water to the bottles twice a day....That has totally helped with her constipation. She is still only going about once or twice a day..but it's only been about 1 and 1/2 weeks since she's been on formula and us doing this. Good Luck!
Christina - posted on 02/18/2009
My little man loves water. I'll usually only give him a wee little bit if he has very violent hiccups or if it's extremely hot out and we're traveling about. Doc told me that my baby is high risk for dehydration. So, I try to keep him as hydrated as possible between his feedings...(if he wants it...hehehe).
Tricia - posted on 02/18/2009
NO. No, water is not good for babies.. A few reasons for not giving your baby water... 1. Because their systems are so delecate, drinking water can upset their electolyte ballance making them very sick (electrilyte imballance is just as bad as dehydration). 2. Filling his little tummy with water makes baby less hungry for the nutricious milk he needs (and if you're breastfeeding this can lead to serious supply issues.) 3. Giving a baby anything besides breastmilk before 3 months old greatly increases his risk of alergies and asthma.
If you decide you HAVE to give your LO something for constipation, go to your doctor first to get his recommendations. (And as a side note, many parents incorrectly diagnose constipation in babies. Grunting and straining while passing a BM are normal at this age.)
Stacey - posted on 02/18/2009
My daughter was born on the 3rd of January. She has had really bad constipation since she was born. I gve her cooled down water with a tiny bit of sugar in, it works wonders and she really likes it. my two older children usedto drink cooled water as well and it never did any harm. If the water doesn't work and your bottle feeding you can water it down. So for example if your baby has 6 ounces try 6 ounces of water 5 scoops of milk.
Water is a great thing for your baby. My son eats all the time and the doc told me that to make him happy is to give him water. I am not sure on the constipation thing but it does not hurt to try a little water. If it works then let me know. thnks.
Ashley - posted on 02/16/2009
My mother just gave me the same advice for hiccups. I gave her one-half oz. of water warmed up and the hiccups subsided, she stopped crying, and was asleep within 10 minutes. I had heated up a full ounce, but she realized that it wasn't breastmilk after only half. As for whether or not it's safe, I would think that so long as you're not replacing that with his normal calorie intake (not replacing a milk feeding with water), it should be just fine. If you formula feed a powder-based formula, he's getting water that way, too.
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