infants and water?!

Brittany - posted on 05/13/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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My mom came to see me and her new granddaughter for Mother's Day. One thing she kept telling me I should do is give my daughter water. She said that it would be good for her and kept asking if i would like to drink nothing but milk. I told her i remember seeing something on circle of moms about a baby overdosing on water. My mom said not to give her much, just a little bit. She also said something about putting a little bit of sugar in it.



What do you know about this? Is it a good idea? Is it safe? If so, how much is ok to give her?

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Amie - posted on 05/14/2009

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As Heather Diniz said.. NO. Infants do not need water.

Infants get all the water they need from formula or breast milk. There is no reason to supplement it other than if she was constipated (but for that talk to your doctor first always!) or if she was over heated but that I can't see happening often if at all. Most mom's I know do their best to keep their babies cool even during the hottest days of summer. Also if she did become over heated I'm sure you'd take her to the doctor and even they wouldn't say water first they'd suggest Pedialyte or something of the same ilk. As for the sugar, good grief NO. I had to fight with my own in laws about out dated ideas such as this. It is not a good idea and not healthy for the baby.
Here's a couple more links to read about it.
http://rehydrate.org/breastfeed/faq-excl...
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/weeklyque...

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Connie - posted on 05/24/2009

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Its a nice thought, After all it wont hurt her. Just dont do like 4 oz or so..try 2oz.It wont hurt her.But maybe once a week..just to flush his/her system out.if anything else ask your baby dr. about it...im pretty sure they will tell you the same..

Rooja - posted on 05/24/2009

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a child OVERDOSING of water is a rare case, or filling up so much with water that he does not take milk also will happen only when you give too much of water.
i always gave Rihaab a tsp of water after she finished her bottle, and that helped a lot with the oral thrush she was developing by being formula fed.

Rooja - posted on 05/24/2009

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if your child is on formula, then its ok to give him water. But not too much , maybe a tbs or two at a time. Breastfed babies dont need it, but a little water wont harm them too. If someone is taking it over the top and giving the baby bottles full of water, then there can be a problem. But a little water, just goes out in their pee.
When you start solids, it is advisable to give water to every child.

Heather - posted on 05/24/2009

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For those who are saying go ahead and give the baby water and sugar ext STOP there are tons of medical studdies out by the pediatric association stting the danger dont believe me go to their sites or as your pediatrician babys hould NOT get straight water until 6 months

Frances - posted on 05/16/2009

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I think it's good ot give the baby at least a little bit of water after she drinks milk cause it helps clean out her mouth and not let it get white inside because of the milk over here in Puerto Rico that's called Sapo (frogs mouth) and it's kind of a disease and it leaves all th\at milk build up in the mouthand then it's really hard to get out, so I would say just give the baby a lil water after the milk.

Jeanie - posted on 05/16/2009

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She was also 4 months old at the time my milk stopped coming so solids weren't too far away!

Jeanie - posted on 05/16/2009

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I was told not to give Hailey water! Once my milk stopped and she went to straight formula we gave her a tiny amount of juice diluted in water (total of like 3 ounces mixed) but that was ONLY because the switch to straight formula caused her stool become harder and she had a rough time getting it out a few times. Once we went to 1 juice bottle a day she had no issues, even once solid foods came along. I wouldn't give water this early. I've also heard that sugar isn't good for babies, I don't remember the reason for it but I wouldn't do it if it were my baby.

Nikki - posted on 05/16/2009

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I remember my mom and grandmother's telling me this a year ago..sugar absolutely NOT! And the doctor told me not to start water until they are 6 months old. Babies need the nutrients from milk and ounce they are full are not gonna want water...

Melanie - posted on 05/15/2009

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i was going to get my son circumsised so i had 2 go c this new doctorfor check up first.from listening to his stomach he said i am over feeding him and need to only feed every 3 hrs for 15 min and that if he was fussy to give him water in between. my son at the time was 2 weeks old and breast feed. he spent all of his awake time feeding and thats what made him happy.needless to say my son is not circumsizedand still drinking all the time verry happy with that lol mothers instinct i guess

Terri - posted on 05/15/2009

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There is nothing wong with giving water. True most people say wait til they start on solids but all that formula will cause the baby to become constipated and water helps. With it getting hotter your baby will greatly appreciate it!

Brianna - posted on 05/15/2009

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No need for water or sugar water. Tell your mom things have changed...that's what I have to do on a daily basis with my mom & her well-intended (albeit unsolicited) advice!

Arwen - posted on 05/14/2009

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Until you start solids, I don't think your baby needs water. Overdosing on water is called Water Intoxication. It can happen to anyone, but usually to people who don't listen to their brains yelling for them to stop drinking. If your baby is still being bf exclusively, I don't think you need to worry about water.

Stacey - posted on 05/14/2009

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hi! my baby boy is 3 months old and when he was only 3 weeks old he had MAJOR issues on goin to the bathroom it was bad he wouldnt poop for almost 2 weeks so the nurse told me if i gave my baby water or a little juice every couple dayz it was perfectly fine, and ever since then my mini man hasnt had a problem with anything! my mom told me to do it to lol i was scared then i asked a nurse and yeah she said it was fine =) good luck!

Latosha - posted on 05/14/2009

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I started giving my baby water at six months when I started juice... THEY NEED WATER!!! NO SUGAR ADDED!!! That is the worst thing you can do... Have to think about their teeth!!! :)

Becky - posted on 05/14/2009

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My pediatrician had me give my son milk solely for the first year (I breast fed til he was 7 months). They said water had no nutritional value and fills the baby up. They would rather them solely intake milk and when ready, solids. Not to introduce water until 1 year or older.

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2009

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I have heard of that for children that dont latch on to the breast, some people put sugar water on their nipple.. or if a child is constipated. I was told not to give my child water because he needed every thing he drank to have calories. My 3 yr old was underweight, but my 5 month old isn't. I only give my children milk, because that has all of the nutrients that they need.... It comes down to what you believe... I personally dont think that they mind the taste of milk all the time, but if it was hot out I may put an ounce of water in a bottle for them... I think that whatever you choose will be fine, I dont think that it will hurt her either way...

Raquel - posted on 05/14/2009

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Our Pediatrician said not to give an infant water. Breast milk or formula is the only source of nutrition that infants need. Giving water to an infant can be fatal in some cases.

Marilyn - posted on 05/14/2009

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I took my baby - 3 weeks - to the childrens hospiutal the other day. They said up to 4 oz a day with up to 1 tsp sugar - dextrose if you can find it - is great for babies, IF they are on formula. You must boil the water for at least 5minutes first though.

More than 4oz a day can lower electrolytes though in infants which can cause dehydration (weird huh?), and other things to go wrong.

Holly - posted on 05/14/2009

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well i do belive that giving babys can be good for them not to much tho ,i would ask your pediticn and see what they say ..i did with all 3 of mine just a little, expecally whenthey got the hickups ..i was told other wise you wont get them to drink water when there older i would not put surger in it cause they are way to small for surger but ask yur doc to be sure ...like i said a small amount of water cant hurt ..good luck

Laura - posted on 05/14/2009

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Don't give a child any water until they are at least 6 months old, and even then, it shouldn't exceed 4 ozs a day , 2 ozs at a time (from the 6-12 month feeding handbook I got from the doctor and public health nurses. I had to fight my mother-in-law on this, as when my daughter was 2 months old she asked (forcefully) why I was still giving her formula instead of juice for every second feed... Mothers don't always know whats best.

A soft spot dip doesn't necessarily mean dehydration, sometimes it can happen as her head grows.

Milk/formula is the best for your baby. Water too young or too much of it can seriously harm your child.

My daughter is 7 months old and I've been giving her half apple juice/half water (4ozs max) a day for the past week and a bit because she's been having bad constipation 3 days after new cereal (not a problem with rice barley or mixed, just oat and wheat..). Only reason I've been doing that is that my mother (NICU nurse so she does know what she's talking about) and my public health nurse recommended it.

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Hi! My baby is 5 weeks old and he gets the hiccups alot. And so my mom was telling me to give him water. So I asked my pedi on his last apt and she todl me that babies need to many calories to keep them healthy and to keep them growing at such a fast rate that giving a baby water fills their little tummies with empty calories. Where as their bellies need to be filled with calories to help them keep growing. She also told me that not to really give him water till after a year old.

Trish - posted on 05/14/2009

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yeah you can give your baby water in a bottle from birth although I would never put sugar in it. I found with my 2 that they would only want to drink a little at a time though and the water is only really as extra fluids and is only really important in the hot summer months.

Mel - posted on 05/14/2009

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my daughter always needed 300 mills of water per day to get the amount of fluid she needed in one day, her dietician told me how much to give her. i dont think alot of water can harm or they would have told me about it x

Kelly - posted on 05/14/2009

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hi when my daughter was about 2 weeks old the health visitor told me to give her up to 15ml of water a day as she got constapated, but said there was no need for water until at least a month, if your daughters soft spot on her head is diped in it means she is deidrated and to give it then if not they shouldnt need it till she is on solids, my daughter used to go days with out water up untill i started weaning her 3 weeks ago she still is unsure and struggles to take it but she has a mouthfull after each meal, she is only 4 months and it is going to take a while. its up to you if you put suger in it, i would not myself as dont want her getting used to it. xxx

Samantha - posted on 05/13/2009

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wow.....im sorry but i would have to say dont listen to your mom. my daughters pediatrician specifically said babies dont need water, and especially not sugar water! why would a newborn need sugar in the first place??? i say no, milk is the best thing for babies =)

Malorie - posted on 05/13/2009

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I understand too much water, however I did give my son a little water if he had a belly ache. The water would help him to burp and the belly ache would be gone usually 9 times out of 10. I have also heard that breast fed babies do not require being burped as often as bottle fed babies, so I don't know that this would even be a problem. The sugar just keeps them from getting a little bit strangled, because they will. I didn't put the sugar in the water and I'm not exactly sure how old he was before I offered it to him (probably around 3 or 4 months). He would only take like 1/2 to 3/4 of an ounce and that's not gonna hurt a baby unless your doctor tells you not to.

Heather - posted on 05/13/2009

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PLEASE READ my answer is backed up with an wrticle to help you out!!!

NO NO NO dont I fought my mother in law about this for a year its what they used to so back in the day but it is NOT healthy for the child!!!

Avoid Giving Infants Water, Advise Children's Physicians

Thursday, July 13, 2000CINCINNATI -- Water may be essential for children, adolescents and adults to keep hydrated in the summer heat, but for infants, too much water can be life-threatening.

"Breast milk or formula is the only source of nutrition that infants need," says Michael Farrell, M.D., a gastroenterologist and chief of staff at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. "During the first months of life, too much water can upset the electrolyte balance, setting off possible brain swelling and seizures from water intoxication."

In addition, too much water can fill infants' stomachs so they don't get the nutrients they need to grow. This is particularly common in families that cannot afford formula or may dilute it to make it last longer.

Dr. Farrell suggests avoiding water entirely until a child is about 6 months old. If an infant has diarrhea and vomiting, he suggests oral rehydration fluids, such as Pedialyte" or Infalyte".

Contact Information
Jim Feuer, jfeuer@chmcc.org

Samantha - posted on 05/13/2009

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Breast milk is the only liquid that your baby needs right now. I also heard somewhere of a baby over dosing on water. Stick with the milk for now. Maybe when he starts solids and you cut back on the milk you can try and give her some.

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Your baby definitely doesn't need any water - especially if you're breastfeeding. You don't really even need to think about water until she starts solid foods. Right now water will only serve to fill her up with out actually nourishing her.

Cassandre - posted on 05/13/2009

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i was told not to do that! Something about it messing with their digestive system ie gas and tummy aches and other issues. It is safer to just give them formula or breastmilk, and anyhow they get water while drinking those anyhow so they are fine with the norm. Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 05/13/2009

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There is nothing wrong with giving her water. Adding the sugar just makes it easier for her to accept it. I've never heard of a baby overdosing on water... maybe if it was the only thing the baby was given for a long period of time. My doctor told me after both my girls were born that was is good for them and helps wash down any left over milk.

Jolene - posted on 05/13/2009

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They don't NEED water untill you are starting to cut back their bottles, but it is okay to give them a tbsp once a day by the time they are over a month old. I gave my daughter a tbsp every now and then (if it was hot out ect) untill she was 6 months. Then at 6 months she started having bottles replaced with food so thats when I started actully giving her water out of a sippy for her fluids.

Claudia - posted on 05/13/2009

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when you breast feed there are 2 stages of milk, fore milk and hind milk. Fore milk is thinner, runnier and the "water" for babies. The hind milk is thicker, fattier and the "food" part of the milk. I don't think your child needs any additional fluid. They used to give babies sugar water back in the day, but i don't think it's as widely done any more.

Amber - posted on 05/13/2009

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how old is your daughter? i think that they dont need water until 1 yr or maybe when they start solids, not sure. But if shes still a baby the milk is enough. there is no reason to give her water right now. I also heard that water might give them gas. Your best thing is to just give her milk.

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