Is it safe to give water to my 3 month old baby?
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Lynda - posted on 09/30/2009
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
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
Julia - posted on 09/23/2009
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.
Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2009
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
Jessica - posted on 09/23/2009
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
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.
Marie-Anne - posted on 09/20/2009
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
Samantha - posted on 09/18/2009
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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