Can I give my 1 1/2 month old baby water? If so, how much?

Mirta - posted on 12/25/2009 ( 129 moms have responded )

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I think my baby could be constipated. It really seems to hurt him when he poops. I was wondering if giving him water would help.

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Amber - posted on 12/30/2009

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since there are so many conflicting advice .Personally I would call the dr.Your dr is the only one QUALIFIED to give u the advice u need and will feel comfortable with . I am sure plenty of babies have been ok with water at such a young age but people shouldnt have that mentality when it comes to children .They shouldnt say o well my friends kid was fine so I am sure mine will be . All babies are different and just because one does fine with water (alone) doesnt mean the other one will . So the smart advice to give in this situation is to call the dr. I am not trying to offend anyone else's advice .All of it is helpful its just when it comes to ur babies health those ?'s are for ur dr. I am sure ur baby will be just fine:) good luck!

Tameka - posted on 12/30/2009

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i cant believe people actually think water could possibly harm a baby. if a baby can drink gripe water for colic then how could pure natural water cause any damage. our body's are made up mainly of water it is not like its foreign. also most doctors would recommend water to prevent dehydration on hot days.

i understand that so many people saying two or more different things can be confusing it could benefit to just call to make an inquiry for your own peace of mind. but seriously even if water didn't help it couldn't hurt



by the way my 1st born was only 1 week old when i started giving him water and gripe water and both my children are extremely healthy and happy.

Tracy - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hi, my son is 1year and 2 months old. What I do when my son is constipated is that I give him half juice and half water. Apple juice or prune juice works the best. If he is constipated, juice will help him. It as always worked for me.

Kelsey - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Christina:

I can't believe some of the answers on here. NEVER give a 1.5 month old baby water or juice unless your doctor recommends it (he probably won't either).

Mirta, if he is breastfed, he is probably not constipated. He is probably just learning to use his bowels like Sarah said. It is normal for a breastfed baby go up to 5 days without pooping. If it's wet and normal looking when it comes out, he is definitely not constipated. Constipated poop looks hard and dry.

If he is formula fed, call your doctor and ask about switching formulas. Soy formula made my oldest son have hard, uncomfortable poop. But, when he was switched back to a regular cow's milk based formula is was moist and normal again.

But, please please do not give your baby water, corn syrup or juice without first consulting your doctor. I seriously cannot believe people on here told you to give a 1 and a half month old water and juice.


I agree! A 1 and a half month old is much too young to resort to changing their diet! (unless its switching formula)They are still getting used to digesting, and can often become a little constipated in the process. Even when your baby is old enough for a little water, juice, etc, just be safe and wait to see your doctor before changing anything. And DONT use karo syrup. The nurse on the nurses line when I called for the same problem, said it is bad for their digestion. I always visit my doc or at least call the nurses line at my clinic before I make decisions like that. Im all for being laid back and not always going by the book, but when it comes to this, its important to be careful! Be patient, it could be temporary.

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Quoting Laura :

babies should not have water until they are about 6 or 7 months... i have a 3 month old and when I went from breastfeedingto formula she had the same problem I got her pedia-lax its a liquid suppositories and because your baby is so young and mine was too I just used half the little bulb of it... it works instanly and your baby will feel so much better



I totally agree with Laura. If your baby is breastfed, and the poop is not hard or dry (i.e.lack of water), a suppository will make the poop come out. In summary, a breastfed baby does not need more water, they just need something to help the poop come out.

Kelsey - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Lourdes:

water won't do much for baby if he is constipated, I was told not to give my baby water...so I diluted his milk a bit(less formula i.e. 4oz 1 1/2 scoops of formula) it almost always did the trick. Otherwise use a thermometer to help the little guys with doing his business..sounds gross but it ALWAYS helps..put a little lubricant at the end =) or call the doctor if symptoms worsen.



I have done that a couple times before, and it helped a little, but its definatly not reccomended! I only did it when I was desperate, and only diluted it by a half an ounce. I asked a nurse about it and she said it would be better to just give them plain water in between bottles, because cutting down the formula, even a little, is bad for their nutrition, and if done too much can actually get them very sick. I have even heard a story of a lady who did that because she couldnt afford formula, and her baby died!!! :( Of course thats an extreme example, but its just not a good idea. If your think he needs extra water at all, ask you doctor, and never give him more than is reccomended. The only thing that worked for me in the end was 2-3 ounces of pear juice and prunes, once she was old enough of course!

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I can't believe some of the answers on here. NEVER give a 1.5 month old baby water or juice unless your doctor recommends it (he probably won't either).

Mirta, if he is breastfed, he is probably not constipated. He is probably just learning to use his bowels like Sarah said. It is normal for a breastfed baby go up to 5 days without pooping. If it's wet and normal looking when it comes out, he is definitely not constipated. Constipated poop looks hard and dry.

If he is formula fed, call your doctor and ask about switching formulas. Soy formula made my oldest son have hard, uncomfortable poop. But, when he was switched back to a regular cow's milk based formula is was moist and normal again.

But, please please do not give your baby water, corn syrup or juice without first consulting your doctor. I seriously cannot believe people on here told you to give a 1 and a half month old water and juice.

Kelsey - posted on 12/29/2009

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My daughter was constipated from 1 month till about a few weeks ago. She is 6 mos now. I know how you feel, it really sucks when your baby is in pain. I tried the water at about 3 or 4 months and it really didnt help much. I was told by my doc not to give her more than 2 ounces a day, but she was older than yours. I would call your doctor before ever changing the way you feed your baby! Too much water can be very bad, and babies as young as yours have very immature digestive systems, and should never be given something without your doctors permission. I think 1 and a half mos is much too young to resort to extra water. I basically just had to let her live with it till 3 or 4 mos (cant remember exactly) when she was old enough to give water or juice to. If you give them juice too early they will get terrible gas too, which is worse than the constipation! I also want to stress to you that some constipation can be normal, and not to immediatly react to it. Try to ride it out and see if it gets better. If he is constantly constipated for months, then ya, it would be good to try to do something about it. I have read that people often confuse slow digestion to constipation. If the bms arent hard, dry, and in big or small balls, it could just be slow digestion or a little back-up. If he is truely constipated, you can try rubbing his anus (eww what a gross word!) with your finger or sticking the very tip of a thermometer in there to help stimulate his bowels. You can also rub his tummy from your left to right in circles to help things move. Dont rub the wrong way though or it could make it worse. The bicycle motion with their legs is also supposed to help. I different formula might also help. If you using it. Call your doctor and ask about it. Ive heard Similac can be very constipating. Good luck! I feel for ya!

Joelle - posted on 12/29/2009

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if you can afford it they sell nursery water right next to all other bottled water.. not too badly priced.. It's distilled, purified, and whatever else.. but I gave my son water around 4 months old.. It wouldn't hurt to make a phone call and ask a doctor or advice nurse.

Lourdes - posted on 12/29/2009

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water won't do much for baby if he is constipated, I was told not to give my baby water...so I diluted his milk a bit(less formula i.e. 4oz 1 1/2 scoops of formula) it almost always did the trick. Otherwise use a thermometer to help the little guys with doing his business..sounds gross but it ALWAYS helps..put a little lubricant at the end =) or call the doctor if symptoms worsen.

Laura - posted on 12/29/2009

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babies should not have water until they are about 6 or 7 months... i have a 3 month old and when I went from breastfeedingto formula she had the same problem I got her pedia-lax its a liquid suppositories and because your baby is so young and mine was too I just used half the little bulb of it... it works instanly and your baby will feel so much better

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2009

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Ohh and if he is constipated, move his legs back and forth, and if that doesnt help, lubricate the end of a baby thermometer and instert, that usually does the trick!

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2009

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No water if Breastfed until he starts eating solids and formula babies get very little if it is hot outside. If your baby is constipated his poop would be dark and hard, most babies that young have trouble poopin (thats why you hear loud fart come out when they poop) Almost all babies who are BF dont get constipated. I wouldnt worry too much, his digestive system is brand new it just need to develope more and on your next wellness visit ask your doc!

Destiny - posted on 12/29/2009

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If you give your baby water now you better have tons of diapers and wipes really close by. My fiance gave my son some water when he was constipated and it was none stop for 2-3 days. When your baby seems to be constipated massage their belly and gently push the legs up towards the stomach. It helps them and makes it a lot easier on them.

Ramona - posted on 12/29/2009

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Go ahead, I did and my Pedi said it was good, it also helps clean there mouths. =-)

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when my daughter was about 2 months old the nurse at her dr said she could drink water just no more than 4 oz a day. we live in texas and she was a summer baby so i did it to help keep her hydrated as well. my daughter is now almost 8 months and loves drinking water in between meals...so i dont think theres any harm in giving him a little bit :)

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Water's not good for the little ones..it can deplete their bodies of nutrients in a very quick way. Call your doctor.

Jennifer - posted on 12/29/2009

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YES!!!!!! It's important to keep him/her hydrated between meals and bottles or sippi cups. I made that mistake with my oldest when he was around the same age ,and then a friend  gave him some water and then I went DUH??!! I was thinking to myself of course, water, the simplest thing tthat we should all be drinking. You know when I read the baby books, knowhere in any of them did it say when you should start giving your child water, unless I missed it somewhere.Quoting Mirta :

Should my 1 1/2 month old baby drink water? If so, how much?

I think my baby could be constipated. It really seems to hurt him when he poops. I was wondering if giving him water would help.





 

Kim - posted on 12/28/2009

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Im sorry Amber, but my son had the same problem at the same age and I was told by a nurse, my doctor and healthline NZ to give my son a small amount of water they probably wont even take 10mls but it has to be boiled.

Tiffany - posted on 12/28/2009

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1. talk with dr. 2. anal stimualation 3. (1/2) water & (1/2) prune juice 2 oz max. There is a difference between gas and constipation pains. Talk with dr about both.

Racheal - posted on 12/28/2009

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my daughter had that problem her doctor told me to give her 2 ounces of apple juice and it helped her. u could try it. warm it up and see if it helps it helped my daughter. her doctor also told me to give her similac alimentum and that would help too but i didnt want to switch her formula so i tried the apple juice and it worked fine. talk to your babys doctor and see what they. also ask them about the apple juice. they told me that the sticking the thurmomiter in the butt doesnt realle help. alot of people told me to try it but the doctor said i could but i probably wont work. so really all i can recomend is the apply juice. good luck and i hope your baby gets over it

Stevie - posted on 12/28/2009

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I started given my kids water at around 1 month old, I filled the bottle to 50-100mls, its gotta be boiled water.

Kim - posted on 12/28/2009

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My son was constipated at this age and I was advised by Plunket to try and give him a small amount of cooled boiled water, even just a couple of mls b4 food helped with us. It cant hurt as long as it is very small amounts.

Debbie - posted on 12/28/2009

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massage his tummy a little, if nuhins helping ask ur health vistor it could be that the milks not agreeing with him.

Melissa - posted on 12/28/2009

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I wouldn't feed a baby sugar in it though because it will affect their gums.You cannot brush a babies gums and if you know already that sugar affects human gums and teeth then it surely can do it to a babies. Things I have used to give it flavour is peppermint herbal tea or chamomile herbal tea. BUT make sure the ingredients have no caffeine. Ask someone at the store, the peppermint should only have peppermint leaves in the ingredients and the chammoile should be close to nothing in the ingredients either. Make sure the tea is weak. I hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 12/28/2009

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I did that with my son and I was told it was okay if it is just a little. You should make sure you boil the water first then let it cool, do not give it to him straight from the tap. I gave my son one ounce when he was constipated from his lactose free formula, and he is only 3 months old now so I am sure your son will be fine. Mine was about the same age when I fed it to him.

Tameka - posted on 12/28/2009

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water is great for babies especially when its hot or they're having trouble with bowel movement if he doesn't seem to like it you could try adding a couple of pinches of sugar to give it some flavour. my kids loved it

Mindy - posted on 12/27/2009

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No do not give your baby water. She gets water in formula. For the constipation give her apple juice and water half and half, a little bit of prunes, or a little bit of apple sauce.

Crystal - posted on 12/27/2009

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Def call your doctor, I was told to add a little more water to my formula, but my LO was a bit older.. I have been told not to give water directly.. not at that age..

Colleen - posted on 12/27/2009

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yes a must agree call your doc...you know they say that breast milk ot formual is the only form of liquid that a baby needs for the first few months.....

Amber - posted on 12/27/2009

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wow .. I cant believe some moms are actually telling her to feed water .. Dont do anything a question like this is meant for the dr.So PLEASE call ur dr and ask . Water can be very bad for babys

Whitney - posted on 12/27/2009

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I breast and formula feed both my childern... I bought prunes and cooked them strained them and blended them up and put about 1/4 of it in the bottle with the formula baby food works too im just cheap and bored lol. That worked really well. The doctors say not to give them water because they get all that they need in the formula and that they can get sick from "too"much. I only usd water to clean their mouth out from the milk.

ShyAnn - posted on 12/27/2009

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As a exsperienced mother and a nurse! lol! I breast feed my boys but when I worked they were given formula and yes they got constipated giving your 1 and 1/2 mnth old water is perfectly fine give him about 2oz... see how he does with that...I will warn you though some babys will not drink the water so you might have to add alittle sugar and they dr. will tell you the same it loosens the babies stool and allows him to be happier!

Amy - posted on 12/27/2009

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and one more thing, if your baby is formula fed like mine was then ya water is okay but not lots like i said, a persons body is made up of mostly water.....and when you make formula bottles with powder formula u use water so....there ya go

Amy - posted on 12/27/2009

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well not always doctors are right , and neither are other people, they cant tell you wat to do but they can give you advice witch is better then nothing, a mom always knows what best for her child, no matter what the age is.....so, i was giving my baby water at 1 month but only a tiny bit, just enough to rinse his mouth and have a gulp or two, and wierdly enough it did seem to help a bit, so try to give him maybe a lil bit of water and see how it goes, hope this helps

Petra - posted on 12/27/2009

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My daughter was constipated as a baby and the nurse at our pediatric office told me to add a little bit of Karo syrup to the formula, it will make them poop, and boy...this really worked.

Sarah - posted on 12/27/2009

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My opinion and several other sources I have researched say to NEVER give your baby water. Do your research and ask your doctor... it's nothing to mess with.
For constipation, with my firstborn, I gave her about a 1/2 - 1 ounce of baby prune juice... it helped her a lot when she was a baby. She was formula-fed from 2-12 months old.

Danielle - posted on 12/27/2009

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My son had and still has (he's almost one) a constipation issue. Our pediatrician has him on Miralax and we've been giving that to him since he was two month old. If we even cut back a little he does not have a bowel movement all day. They even did blood tests to make sure all is normal and he's fine! The best thing that would help, or that is supposed to is any foods or drinks that start with a "P". Prune juice, Pears..etc.

Maritza - posted on 12/27/2009

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I had that same problem, and I asked my doctor about it. He said it was the formula that was causing the baby to constipate. He said sometimes, the iron in the formula makes baby have a hard time pooping. He adviced that next time I mix a formula bottle, add just a tiny--just a TINY BIT--more water. It helped after the second day. I only did it for three of her feedings. After that, I measured regularly. But I used like maybe and extra drop more.

Nicole - posted on 12/27/2009

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if he is formula fed, yes he should have water - the way u work it out is you take their age in months - so 1.5 and multiply it by 2... so u get 3... he can have up to 3ozs a day.

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2009

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try a little water with prune juice that will help go to the restroom but i would ask the pediatrician about it first before i started giving it to him.

Aimee - posted on 12/27/2009

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If he's on formula, talk to your doctor and make sure you are measuring according to instructions. A friend of mine put formula into the bottle first and then water, her baby was getting less water than he was supposed to get and was constipated alot but she insisted that mixing the other way around caused it to clump. Anyway, it can be dangerous to give a healthy baby water in excess. So, consult your doctor.

Krystal - posted on 12/27/2009

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In australia its recommended that formula fed babies need water between feeds as its os much thicker than breastmilk. If you are BF....i did too and my son would sometimes cry when he pooped. Think they are getting used to different feelings and i think i may have eaten something with a bit of chilli and it gave him a burny bum!

Sarah - posted on 12/26/2009

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if u think of it this way u mix ur formula with water to make it runnier and the less water u use the thicker it is...the more water the runnier so i would think it would work but i also read some where ur not suppose to give ur baby water until a certain age but i dont know why bcus u mix it with formula but i know when i gave my baby water she hated it so idk...consult ur ped. maybe they can help u out! or trying pusing his legs up not to hard but i heard that also works not sure. but not all babys poop every day...on yahoo they had this thing posted that sometimes babys may poop every 3-4 days depends...there only human. so if its been longer then that i would ask a doctor! but if its hurting him then try the leg thing or ya i would def. ask

Jessica - posted on 12/26/2009

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When my daughter got constipated when she was tiny, the doctor told me to give her 1 oz prune juice mixed with 1 oz. nursery water, it always seemed to do the trick for her.

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