Is it safe to give water to my 3 month old baby?

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Lynda - posted on 09/30/2009

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From NBC10.com, Doctors warn Babies Should Never Drink Plain Water:

An infant has been admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, suffering from water intoxication, a potentially fatal condition caused by giving a baby too much water.

Doctors warned Thursday that babies under the age of 6 months old should not be given plain water. Water intoxication happens when a baby’s body takes in more water than he or she can process.

“What can happen is they actually develop a dilutional affect. The water actually dilutes the amount of salt in their blood stream, and it can lead to seizures,” said Dr. Richard Scarfone.

Infants up to 6 months old should only be given breast milk or formula. Babies 6 months old to 1 year old, in addition to breast milk or formula, may have 4 to 6 ounces of juice and up to 8 ounces of water a day. Do not give infants water if they have gastrointestinal problems, Scarfone said.

“It is especially dangerous if the baby is having vomiting or diarrhea. In that setting, you would want to give Pedialite because Pedialite has salt and has sugar in it,” Scarfone said.

The symptoms of water intoxication can be subtle. They can include a change in your baby’s behavior, including extreme fatigue or vomiting........

Angela - posted on 09/25/2009

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I was told by a nurse that when adults drink water they do it to normally burn calories and babies don't need to burn any calories they need to gain them thats why giving them straight water not in their formula is not good for them

Claire - posted on 09/22/2009

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i was told to give my baby water from about a week old. it not only helps with a dry mouth but also bring up trapped wind too. works like a treat. just boil it and let it cool down to warm enough for him.

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2009

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Water is ok as long as it is boiled and used in a sterilised bottle. I would give some only if you felt it was extremely hot or your child was constipated. Water is good for constipation because the reason why you get constipated is because liquid has been taken from the faeceas for one reason or another and the water puts back the fluid. if yiur child needs a lot of water beacause of constipation or dehydration speak to your health visitor you may need to change formula's

Julia - posted on 09/23/2009

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I have 3 children and it is safe to give your baby water. The only reason why you would give your baby water is if they seem hungry in between feedings and are exceeding what the amount of formula they should be eating per day. I have had big babies with big appetites. My 3 mo. old eats 8 oz. of fomula about 4 times a day, so that's 32 oz. He does not need anymore than 32 oz. of formula so if he's hungry in between, which he hasn't been, I would offer water. Also, if this is a consipation issue, prune juice is best but must be diluted w/ water. If you want to go old school, you can add a little karo syrup to the bottle of formula, which in my opinion works better because the prune juice can cramp the baby up. I've never been real big on giving my children juice, even diluted juice b/c I thought water was a healthier subsitute for them as they got older. Because they were never exposed to juices as young children, my 7 and 4 year old will chose water over anything else offered b/c they prefer it.

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Ashley - posted on 10/15/2014

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I know that water in small amounts is safe. Personally I breastfeed and am not producing enough for her so I supplement with Baby's Only organic Soy formula along with a pinch of Raw Code kids probiotics in Aloe water. She is 2 1/2 months and doing great! It is ALL Non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) which to me is so important. There are SO many chemicals and ingredients that are very harmful to a baby. Hope this helps. Oh and I breastfed exclusively for the first 10 weeks. So I did ALOT of research on formulas before deciding on Baby's Only. It does say it's not recommended for babies under a year but that's only because they promote breastfeeding but it is consistent with baby formula guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Munazza - posted on 07/26/2014

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Hi, I heard, babies taking formula milk should be given water. Is it safe ? My baby is three months old now.

Angela - posted on 10/01/2009

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its ok. it helps with the hiccups but must be warm not cold!! i have given mine since 2 months!

Laura - posted on 09/30/2009

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yes..the doc advises it..specially formula fed babies!!!!!! the doc even said i could feed my baby a small amount of orange juice!x

May - posted on 09/25/2009

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of course it is safe and i think it's necessary too ,my little 3 months doesnt want to but i m still trying .

Vanessa - posted on 09/23/2009

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i was told by a professional 1oz and no more or they can over hydrate and their heart rate can go way up

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2009

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my daughter's pediatrician says she doesn't need any water. however, on a hot day it would be ok to give her 1-2 oz of water. check with your pediatrician to make sure its ok for your precious one. my family says giving babies 1-2 oz of water help keep their digestive track in good health if you know what I mean.

Elisha - posted on 09/23/2009

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Yes water is perfectly save for your baby as long as its cooled boiled water and in a sterlised bottle. The health nurses often suggest water for babies to try and delay a feed, water can help make them feel fuller or help with constipation.

Corina - posted on 09/22/2009

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That's no problem. I have given it to my son when I think he is thirsty but just had soms milk. Here in Holland you can give it from the tab. But if you're not sure just boil it first.

Marie-Anne - posted on 09/20/2009

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Absolutely. Ensure that the water has been boiled. Do not use constantly re-boiled water. Use fresh water. 1-2 oz is perfect. I've been giving my son water since he was 4 days old. In warm weather they need a little more hydration. If your baby is on formula, there is a higher percentage of salt and this can lead to slight dehyration

User - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hi, the only water I give is when I dip his bink in water. about the boiling thing though, my doc said that plain tap water is better for mixing formula because they dont need to fluoride supplement thats in the nursery water and the tap water has a safer amt in it, he also says you dont need to boil it, that its safe. I do boil bottles and nipples though.

Summer - posted on 09/18/2009

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I give me lil man 1-2 ounce of water if he's acting like he is hungry but just ate or he's got about an hour left before feeing. My sons dr says it ok as long as it's only an ounce or 2. Its doesnt hurt them if you dont over do it. My mom gave me water when i was a baby ( 22 years ago) cuz i was a snack and nap baby, the dr told her too. I give him the new Gerber water, it doesnt have fluoride in it like the nursery brand. It only cost a 1 dollar. Juice helps with constipation, water not so much.

Angie - posted on 09/18/2009

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Water won't help that babies constipation. Pare, apple, or prune juice will. I think giving water is an old school thing. No one has ever suggested it to me, I am wondering what purpose people think it would serve? I dont find anything on google about why they would need it, just that they dont.

Angela - posted on 09/18/2009

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That is what Im wondering my mother in law is so getting on my nerves about giving my 3 month old water but I am a dental assistant and too much fluoride whether its bottled or tap water can hurt there tummy they get enough with their formula dont they! Why do they need anymore than that Ive been giving her apple juice if she is constipated but should I give her water too!

Angie - posted on 09/18/2009

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Both of our peds say no water unless its in a formula bottle. It has pretty much no nutritional value to them. They get more then enough hydration from formula or breast milk. Too much water can make them sick, as it can anyone.

Jennifer - posted on 09/18/2009

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I really only give my son water if I think he needs it. Like if it is too hot outside, or he is constipated. Make sure it is warm, and if you can boil it too that is better. Only a little bit though, and make sure to not give that nursery water. My sons pediatrician said that the fluoride in there is not good.

Linda - posted on 09/18/2009

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I've been giving my baby water since she was about 2 months. Not too much about 1-2 ounces per day.

Lucy - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hi, I gave my 3 yr old and my 3 mth old water from 2 mths aslong as its boiled in a steralized bottle, xxx

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