My 4 months old daughter won't drink water using feeding bottle but she drinks formula milk, that is why I use dropper to give her water. What will I do?
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Elfrieda - posted on 05/08/2012
My doctor advised me to use the iron-enriched formula when I had to start giving my son formula (he was 4 months old, too) and it gave him a terrible tummyache! And constipation, and it was really sad. I switched him to the "low-iron" version and everything went much better. I kept an eye on him to make sure he didn't get too pale, and he never did. I remember when I was told to take iron supplements during pregnancy "just in case" and the terrible stomachache it gave me. I only took them once and I wasn't going to put my son through that, either. (and I didn't become anemic)
If your doctor told you to put her on iron supplements just because he tells all parents that, I would ignore it. Unless there is something specifically wrong with her, I'd way rather take the slight chance that she becomes anemic (in which case you can start the iron again, no harm done) than have her be constipated and in pain every single day.
If you really feel that she needs water (most babies don't unless it's a really really hot day), put some extra water in her formula, that way it will just be a little watered down and she probably won't notice. But you've got to be careful with that because if you do it too much she could get malnourished.
Amy - posted on 05/08/2012
Stop giving her water she doesn't need it right now, she gets all the water she needs from the formula or breastmilk she's drinking. When she's 6-7 months you can just leave a sippy cup around with water in it and if she wants it she'll drink it but it doesn't need to be forced.
B-rock - posted on 05/14/2012
Everyone who said don't water down formula or give extra water is correct. Infants are not meant to have extra water, they get all they need from formula (mixed according to directions) or breastmilk. Too much water causes the sodium levels in their blood to rise, which leads to seizures. If you are concerned about how your baby's poop looks and you don't like what your doctor said then find a different doctor, but please do not give her water.
Sarah - posted on 05/12/2012
Do not add extra water to formula at all! Some people will do this to make it last longer. It can have SEVERE health effects on your baby. Only mix it according to it's instructions.
Bethany - posted on 05/12/2012
when my son was about that age but bf i got told by the gp to get him regular, 7 days was the longest he went with out to give him a half dose of gripe water before his feed in the morning to help the stomach settle, after a week of doing it his bowel movements changed and to this day, hes now 2, if he has gone for a day with out pooping he gets a dose of gripewater and it sorts its self out! BUT this was my child not yours get a second opinion and if you insist on wanting to give extra water do as elfieda said and add a LITTLE extra to the formula...
User - posted on 05/10/2012
She should not have any water. Normal pooping is different for every baby. My baby had trouble pooping when I switched to formula and I started using the gentlease and within a couple of days she was pooping like a champ. Water messes with a baby's system and too much can actually cause seizures. Consult your ped or get a new one ASAP if you can't trust the one you have now...or take baby to the ER. She shouldn't need extra iron if she is drinking formula as there is enough in that...
September - posted on 05/10/2012
A 4 month old does not need water. She gets plenty from her formula. Giving a baby that young extra water can be harmful. If you're worried she's not pooping enough that can actually be quite normal in a 4 month old. Some babies can go several days without pooping.
Amy - posted on 05/08/2012
Actually iron can have the opposite effect of what you're looking for. You still haven't said what the problem with the bowel movements are. Unless its hard and pellot like your baby is not constipated but again I'm not sure if that's even the problem.
Monica - posted on 05/08/2012
Her pooping is not normal when the pedia prescribed her vitamins (iron), then she told me to change another iron but still it didn't work. Then she said to put dulcolax on her rectum, but still nothing...That's why I browse the internet for answers, so far I have learned one like massage her tummy clockwise...I hope it will work
Never mind my pediatrician, I will look for a new one.
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