can my 6th month old little girl have flavored water??????
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User - posted on 12/02/2012
I wouldnt give her water until she is 1 or done drinking formula/b.m. They are getting all the nutrients from them they need and dont actually need extra water right now. And with flavored water.... I quit drinking it myself. Some have high fructose corn syrup which is something to really avoid and alot I have seen have aspartame in them. Look up the side effects.
I dont think a drink of your plain water here and there is bad, but be very careful where its thin they can choke on it easy, I personally waited until he was a bit older, I didnt want to rush him or anything he has plenty of time to try things.
If you want to flavor your water try a more natural way like squeezing fresh lemon juice in it.
Denikka - posted on 11/30/2012
It takes a fair bit of water to cause water intoxication. A sip here and there is not going to harm the baby. You're more likely to cause problems with nutrition (filling them up with water instead of the calories that they need) than you are with water intoxication.
After 6 months, it's okay to start giving your baby a bit of water, especially if you're also introducing solid foods.
From what I have read, it is recommended not to give more than 2-3 ounces at a time and only after feeding.
Still, a sip here and there is not harmful.
Neblorac1723 - posted on 01/19/2015
My baby has had water ever since she was a couple of days old and she's nearly 1 now and is a healthy happy baby I use to give her cool boiled water and at the age of 6 weeks she was having a pea size drop of juice in her water so I'd say go for it it's fine wouldn't u be fed up of drinking the same drink everyday and night
Jennifer - posted on 11/30/2012
Until a child is a year old, the only drink she should have is breast milk/ formula. She is getting all the "water" she needs from that, and you can risk her getting water intoxification if you give her water besides. When she is ready for water, I would hold off on the flavored stuff for a little while. Let her develop a taste for the water alone, because if you start with the flavored, she may refuse regular water all together, because the flavored tastes better.
Denikka - posted on 11/30/2012
I would say a taste, but not much more than that. If that at all. It's really not good for them (although I haven't read anything that really says they're BAD either).
They do contain sugars or artificial sweeteners. Along with artificial flavorings, sometimes color, etc.
You're really better off giving your child regular water, or you can occasionally make your own *flavored* water by adding a slight bit of juice. At least that will have a little bit of nutrients in it and (as long as you stick to all natural fruit/veggie juices) it'll be more natural and a bit more healthy.
Either way though, it's not something to give her all the time, only every once in a while as a bit of a treat or something.
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