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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Chez - posted on 12/26/2009

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I gave my kids boiled water when they were all blocked up. Worked everytime. You could also try putting just a little bit of prune juice in the water. It taste yuck but that might help too.

Sheila - posted on 12/26/2009

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Dont give him water he only need formula or breast milk. Gripe water or oval drops work to help pass gass if it is formula try a low iron formula like i=enfamil remember if you just switched him from breast to formula there bowels have to get used to the formula so it might take a while he probly isnt constipated but gassy maybe ask your doctar

Diana - posted on 12/26/2009

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i say ask ur pediatrician for polyethlene glycol my son has been using it for as long as i can remember he is autistic and has always been constipited til today and he is 2 and a half yrs old and hes been on it forever and it works if not use ky jelly and thermometer once maybe twice and itll sure work great to i learned that from my sons nurse

Leslie - posted on 12/26/2009

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Isn't Gripe Water great! It works great for teathing, upset stomics, gas among other things. It's totally safe and it work great and my daughter loved the way it taste. I don't know if we would have made it throw a few nights without it. my daught way a bit colicy and it helped SO MUCH.

Leslie - posted on 12/26/2009

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I just check the lable on Pedialyte it says it is for children 1 year on up.

Jane - posted on 12/26/2009

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water is not good for their bodies at this age. they get all they need in breast milk or formula. their kidneys can't handle water alone this young. ask the pediatrician, maybe you can put a bit of apple juice or prune juice in the bottle.

Brenda - posted on 12/26/2009

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When my son was 3 weeks old he got REALLY REALLY constipated and I had to take him into the dr. He said that it's not verry common for breast fed babies (like my son) to get constipated like that, but sometimes it does happen. He told me that I'd have to give a little bit of apple juice everyday to keep him regular. 2 Oz. will do the trick. A friend of mine told me that you can do a large pinch of sugar in 2 tablspoons of water too. Either one should work. I've tried both and they both worked for my son.



Also the Doctor had me pull his knees to his chest and roll them in an outward motion. This will massage their stomac and the preasure will loosen his stools. Another thing he said to do, just to get things moving right away (before the apple juice) I had to give him a baby supository. I thought it would hurt him, or that I would need to put vasoline to help it go in, but neither of these was the case. He thought it was funny when I put it in, but a few minutes later he was hurting to push out the poop. If he really is constipated this early and you are breastfeeding, you will need to give him 2 oz. of dilluted apple juice regularily. If you formula feed, just get formula that is for sensative tummies. (similac is the harshest on baby tummies).



I've been there and my advice comes from a doctor so I really think this will help you.

Michelle - posted on 12/26/2009

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No water!!! It fills babies up with fluids that he's not getting any nutrients from so he'll be missing a meal. Plus it dilutes their blood too much-- my pediatrician told me this, and it can cause some VERY serious, long lasting issues. Of course, if you're out, you don't have anything, one very small bottle of water isn't a big deal, but it should absolutely not be something that happens very often. Babies get all of the fluids they need from breast milk or formula. My ped. told me no water until a year old.

Lisa - posted on 12/26/2009

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nope, no water. babies get all the fluid they need from milk or formula. if you are formula feeding make sure you aren't using iron fortified.
babies don't know what tummy pain is and aren't used to it. sometimes the need to poop or gas or even being hungry makes them cry and want to nurse (suck) because they think sucking will solve all their problems. sometimes a new baby will go a week without pooping, just wash their little bottom with a wet warm clothe and be prepared. and it is work for them to poop. they make faces and it surprises them to have something coming out their backside. just remember for 9 months they didn't need to eat or poop, so this is new for them.

Leila - posted on 12/26/2009

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hi leslie larson so ur reply snd i think u hve the best idea i use to use it on my son when he was young.

Leslie - posted on 12/26/2009

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at WALGREENS you can find a produce called Gripe Water it works great. I used it regularly with my daughter. I added it to one oz of water. The one oz of water helps make it easier for them to drink the small dose of gripe water and the taste less stronge. it tast good so no worries.

Leila - posted on 12/26/2009

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to all the mother who have young babies as 1mth or 2mths yes u should give ur child some water its nothing wrong with that we are all humans and none of us can't leave without water, our body needs it to survive, especially when they're get to 2mths and upwards. doctos dont really say much about it but personally i will recommend water for the babies.

Jennifer - posted on 12/26/2009

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All three of my kids had constipation issues when they were that age until they were 12 mo. First of all he may not be constipated at all. When babies get the urge to go their first response is to squeeze the rectum closed instead of relaxing, so that is why most babies get red faced and seem to work really hard. If your son really is constipated it will look like hard little pebbles. You definately should not give him water. He gets enough in his formula or breast milk and you could actually cause him a lot of harm. Most pediatricians recommend fruit juice but no more that 4oz. a day. One time I had to take my son to the ER, because his stool was so hard it actually caused tears in his rectum and the ER doc told me pear juice is the best to give for constipation. Also, if that doesn't help, you can give him milk of magnesia, but call his doctor to see how much you should give and how often.

Debi - posted on 12/26/2009

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Giving water to a baby that age is usually not necessary. If your baby is formula fed, talk to your doctor. He/she can give you advice on what formula you can switch to.

Melissa - posted on 12/26/2009

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My 3 month old had the same problem, I gave him water thinking it would help, but later found out it hurt his tummy more. If you are breastfeeding he will be getting enough water in the milk. He could be having problems with your milk if you are eating something that does not agree with his tummy... Try gripe water that helped.

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a 6 week old shouldnt have water he will get full of off that an he is very young to be drinking juice, wht you can do though is take his temp rectaly an that should make him go asap or you can use the tip of a q-tip put like a&d ointment or something around those lines an that should make him go

Angela - posted on 12/26/2009

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There is an Apple Prune juice out there made by Gerber.. use that. Otherwise get your gloves ready!

Heather - posted on 12/26/2009

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I would talk to your doctor. Babies that young most defiantly shouldnt be drinking juice, and too much water can be really dangerous to them.

Korin - posted on 12/26/2009

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I've had moms at play group say they will try a little prune or pear juice (1 oz or so) before their regular bottle. But, I would consult your Dr. first

Becky - posted on 12/26/2009

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Most doctors will say no but I say yeah it will not hurt but just no more then 4 ounc's a day and not at once.

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I would say consult with your doctor before trying to give him water, I would suggest Pedialyte first since it does have electrolytes that water doesn't. At least talk with a nurse at your Pediatricians office (phone calls are always free and they will consult with the doctor and let you know if you should be concerned) before doing anything since he is so young it could be something else going on. Hope this helps.

Kristen - posted on 12/25/2009

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try placing a warm towel on his belly for a while. And they usually tell you that 1 month olds don't need anything to drink other than their formula. But if i doesn't get better i'd take him to the doc. They may need to switch formulas.

Sophia - posted on 12/25/2009

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My son got constipated alot too and i gave him like 1-2oz of water and that always helped. I breastfed and it also helped for me to eat foods that help relieve that, no laxatives or anything just large salads and fruit and whatnot. Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 12/25/2009

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i read that you should only give a baby water if he has diarrhea so he doesn't get dehydrated, and very small amounts, but Pedialyte is best. You can find baby laxatives at most supermarkets that are safe to use. Most babies have irregular bowel movements for the first several months so he might not be constipated, just having some trouble. My son has had terrible gas pains since he was born and i give him infant gas drops to help ease the pain. they work great and very quickly too which is a major plus. you can find them in the pharmacy section and in my opinion the generic brands work better than the Mylicone brand name. i hope this information helps you and puts your mind at ease. Best of luck, Merry Christmas!

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I don't know anything about constipation in a 1 month old. Formula fed I'm guessing? I have no experience with formula. But I never gave my son a drop of water till he was about 5 months old. And even then he had very very little. I would avoid it if I were you but I would have asked my doctor about it if my son seemed to be constipated at that young of an age.

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