when can i start giving my new born baby water to drink,he only takes milk.

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Lauren - posted on 03/04/2010

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newborn babies whether formula fed or breastfed don't necessarily need water as the milk provides a drink for them. my son was constipated when he was newborn and my health visitor suggested giving him some water to loosen his stools. she suggested that a few sips would be sufficient.. as long as it was cooled boiled water.

Tasha - posted on 03/03/2010

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I didnt give my daughter any water until she was 1 year old. The pediatrician explained to me that too much plain water in a newborn thins their blood too much, and can be very dangerous. All the water your little one needs will be in his breastmilk/formula!!!!! :) :) :) Now she LOVES a sippy cup with ice water.... she cant get enough!!!! :) Good luck!!!! ,3

ADRIENNE - posted on 02/27/2010

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I gave my daughter water when she was a few days old. It wasn't a whole bottle of water just a little bit so she could get use to the taste. The nurses at the hospital didn't recommend this. But they also didn't want me to five her Enfamel formula because they weren't familiar with that brand. (I had my daughter in Germany)

Ryann - posted on 02/13/2010

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i didnt give my daughter water until she was a year theres just no need for it. They get all the water they need in their formula. If you give them water early on it just fills them up and they get no nutrients from it. Their really is no need.

Yetunde - posted on 02/10/2010

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from day 1. it's good for children to know the taste of water from the day they are born. you can alternate between milk, formula and water. mine was given water from the day he was born. avoid juice for as long as you can and dilute it when you start giving it.

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2010

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I started giving my son water after he was about 3 - 4 months old. I asked his doctor first, and he said it was o. Babies are stil likek us. Yes they are still growing but sometimes they get thirsty and don't always want milk. When we get thirsty, a nice glass of water does the trick. So why not with a baby. You cannot choke on water. It may go down the wrong tube, but there's nothing wrong with it. Best of luck!!

Sammie - posted on 02/08/2010

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I started giving my son aired water at around 3months as i found when he was cranky he was sometimes thirsty not hungry especialy in warm weather

Victoria - posted on 02/07/2010

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Whether your baby is breastfed or on formula, that fluid provides all of the water necessary until they begin taking in solids. And your pediatrician will let you know when you need to introduce 4-6 oz of flouride water (around 6-8 months).

Cindy - posted on 02/05/2010

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I gave my newborn son water when he was back in the hospitol for jaundice ,because a nurse said it was OK,. His Dr. got very upset and told me that water can damage a babies kidneys. My son was nursing at the time. Please as your Dr. before you give water to a baby under 3 months.

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I was told by my dr to avoid giving an infant water. Water can make them feel full without intaking any nutrition. They are getting plenty of fluid from either breast milk or fomula. I started water at 1 - I'll let you know when I start juice! :) (too much sugar!)

Rachel - posted on 02/01/2010

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I gave my son water when he was a month old. Giving them water helps with constipation. I also started giving my son juice when he was around 2 months. My doctors says that its ok in moderation.

Sammi - posted on 02/01/2010

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as long as the water has been boiled so it is sterile and is cooled down to correct temperature, you can give it from birth. breastfed babies dont need water as breast milk is a drink and a meal at same time, but formula fed babies do need water as it leaves them dehydrated otherwise. my daughter is 4 months old and breastfed. i have tried her with water and baby juices but she will not take them, she will only drink milk

Alana - posted on 02/01/2010

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i gave my daughter water after like a month...
back in the days they use to give baby water in the hospital when they were first born
i guess it just when you feel you want to give water to your baby...
i think waiting a whole year is totally crazy but that what they wanna do...

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Not before 6 months! The baby only needs formula or breastmilk for the first year. You only need to give water if you start giving your baby solids and even then it still isn't NECESSARY. If you have any questions regarding your babies diet you should ask his doctor!

Stephanie - posted on 01/31/2010

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I started giving my daughter water when she was 2 months old because of constipation. After she turned a year a 3 months old we had to limit her milk in take because she became anemic because all the milk she was drinking wasn't allowing her body to absorb iron like it needs to. It all depends on your child and what the pediatrician suggests. Most will tell you that you don't need to give a baby water until after they turn a year when they start drinking cows milk.

Stephanie - posted on 01/31/2010

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I didn't give water until after 1 year old. We live in Arizona, so desert environment recommended it. Depending on where you live might be appropriate or not. If it is a choice between juice or water, pick water. Avoid juice for as long as you can. Water is very good for them to have.

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