Food for young infants. How to get infant to drink water?

Samantha - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have just started my 2month 3 week old son on apple puree because he wasn't drinking his milk and he was fussing all the time. Now I am worried he is not getting enough fluids. He doesn't like water at all. How can I get him to drink water?

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Paige - posted on 12/03/2009

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He is waaay to young to be drinking or eating anything other than formula or breast milk! And water before he's 1 years of age is dangerous!

Iysha - posted on 11/22/2009

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look up "hyponatremia in infants." Water given to infants can have very serious effects on the infant including death. Hyponatremia is "low salt." Babies that are fed water have unbalanced salt to water ratios in their bodies which can lead to seizures. this is a website that has info on it:



http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cg...

Iysha - posted on 11/22/2009

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Babies need to rely on breastmilk or formula for nutritional value....not just food. Even if your baby is ready for it, your baby should not just be consuming that and water...he will not get the nutrients he needs. babies die from water given to them without being mixed with formula. It is very serious. Please call your child's pediatrician.

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2009

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he is to yung for baby foods ur ment to introduce solids between 4 and 6 months and water should be aboput 6 months and that should be cooled boiled water dont offer him any sweet drinks or juices bout for noe ONLY BREAST MILK OR FORMULA he will feed when he is hungry he may be teething

Samantha - posted on 11/17/2009

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While it used to be common practice to feed babies solids very early to help them sleep through the night, it is now recommended that solids be introduced no earlier than 6 months. (Here's a reference on that- http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...) Cereals and baby food will only fill up his stomach so he doesn't feel hungry. Her digestive system isn't mature enough to actually digest the food or get anything from it. Your baby is not going to gain weight or get any real nutrition only eating applesauce. I would worry less about water and find a way to get your baby to drink formula. Try some different kinds.

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Merry - posted on 07/20/2010

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NO BABY IS READY FOR SOLIDS BEFORE 4 MONTHS.

maybe your baby wont die if you give it solids earlier but their stomach will be DAMAGED.

Medical studies have PROVEN that solids before 4 months is Dangerous.

6 months is IDEAL but 4 is ok.

NO baby has a more mature insides then another. your babies are not ready for solids before 4 months MINIMUM.

Anything other then breastmilk or formula is NOT necessary beofre 1 year.

Many moms dont give anything before 8,9,12 months. Just breastmilk. This is healthy.

Water can cause water intoxication which causes seizures and death.

DONT give water before 6 months!!!

We are young, that doesnt mean we cant research on the internet for the facts about how to best raise our babies. The proof is out there and if you look into it you will find that solids and water should not be given that early, EVER

Sarah - posted on 12/15/2009

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he dont need water his milk is all he needs for now talk to your doctor about it befor he gets sick

Haley - posted on 12/15/2009

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2 months is way too young! they do not need real food and all the water they need is in their formula! and breastmilk will keep them hydrated too (depending on what you are doing) and you're deffinitely not supposed to give an infant cows milk till they are almost a year old

Whitney - posted on 12/07/2009

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people can say that you baby is too young for food bt all babies are different...my so was only three weeks old when he styarted eating cereal and now that he is almost seven months he already eats table food! water was not essential for him but he did drink baby juice :)

Samantha - posted on 12/06/2009

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talk to your doctor .. water at his age is not good for him, no nutrients in water at all so he will end up not so healthy . also he needs the milk for his brian development water dont help that either .. as for foods he is also way to young for it .. just give him some time he will eat when he is hungry .. if its once every 4 hours or 10 hours . when he is hungry he will eat .. hes not gonna starve himself . but i would defentaly talk to your doctor . and take him off solids ..

Robyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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dont care what people say. babies do actually need water. they get just as dehydrated as us. most people dont realise this as they think baby milk will keep them hydrated, it doesnt it would be like us liquidising food and living without water ourselves. i got telt of a few profesionals if the head where the plates arent yet joined is quite dipped it can mean they are dehydrated. a little bit of cooled boiled water in a medicine feeder is fine. a flavouring with no sugar can be put in if you want. but try keep him on milk till at least 6-8 month. babies do have stages where they go off it. my brother did too. my mum gave him plain yoghurt, however he was older

Brooke - posted on 11/19/2009

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Sugar in the water can harm ur baby if they r still very young as their digestive system and tummies cannot proccess it yet same with honey





At 2months i was told by a natropath 2 give carrot juice or red grape jucie in cooled boiled water my son loved it

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

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my baby is one month old and the doc told me to give in single grian rice cereal because he couldnt even hold soy down but with water add a tiny a pinch of sugar and try that

Ashley - posted on 11/13/2009

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i really urge you to try soy formula, i dealt with the same thing, and it worked!

the recommended age to start solids is 4-6 months

Florence - posted on 11/11/2009

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Don,t worry taking care of a baby is a learning process.If you are breastfeeding him and he is doing alright forget about the water he is still so young.Try giving him Water with added sugar and salt very little of both though it sounds funny please try it

Alisa - posted on 11/11/2009

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Babies really do not need water. They can get strangled on it much easier than older children. He may have a little bit of colic and that is why he is fussy. I would ask his doctor what he thinks.

Sarah - posted on 11/10/2009

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I was told by my physician that its your choice on when to start a baby on food
however single grain plain cereal is the best to start with... you should ask your dr about him not drinking his milk bc it is very important for health ... mixing it in the plain single grain cereal would make it better however not the best... he could have digestive problems like gas... try burping more frequently during a bottle... every half ounce or ounce and try the bottle after the burp again.... dont be discouraged and dont hesitate to call ur dr .... also there are many types of formula that ur dr could suggest such as non dairy and gentlease soy and so on that could help with his tummy problems and fussiness... id ask ur dr as soon as possible .... oh and btw apples make em poop! lol and water unlike the first response it ok ... if ur baby has to have a bottle to fall asleep they arent supposed to have formula at night because it causes baby bottle tooth decay.... not alot just a tiny bit tho.... keep your chin up and call ur dr in the morning girlie

Cassie - posted on 11/10/2009

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He should not have food or water!!! He is much too young!!! The only thing you should be giving him is breastmilk or formula!

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