can give water to 4 month premature child

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/03/2015

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Nowhere, Ms. Hazelton, did I imply that YOU give your kids sugary drinks.

However, someone's pediatrician told them to introduce water early so that " it helps get them comfortable drinking something beside breast milk or formula so that "when it is time to take them off of those you will not need to give them sweet drinks to keep them from dehydrating"~~In THAT case, with the doc stating that...I'd at that point say "I won't ever need to give them sweet drinks, because when it comes time to transition, I will introduce water".

Not criticizing a parent there, but a physician, who should know better.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/03/2015

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Babies under the age of 6 months need no other fluids than breastmilk or formula. SOME babies may (if digestion issues exist, and a team of doctors concur) begin to take in an ounce or two of water after 5-6 months, and that's generally for those who are formula babies, as formula tends to cause more constipation than breastmilk.

American pediatric guidelines are here: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Sharing...

Pretty straightforward. Unless your kid has major issues, water before 6 months is not necessary.

As far as one poster's pediatrician suggesting introducing huge amounts of water as a solution to getting them away from sugary drinks...Here's a thought: When your kid IS old enough for extra hydration, DON'T INTRODUCE sugary drinks! Introduce water. It works well. Neither of my kids are much on the 'sweeter' juices, etc, because...you guessed it...they grew up on good old water once they were over 6 -8 months

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Dove - posted on 03/03/2015

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But Chana... you claim the reason the doc said to give 4-6 ounces of water daily to a YOUNG infant is so they won't want sugary drinks... so two posters who did not give water to any young infants and only gave tiny amounts of water to older infants are informing the OP... that that is no reason to give water to a young infant... because there is an easier, safer way to get 'water drinkers' out of your kids.... because out of the two of us (having 5 kids total) we have 5 kids that love water....

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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I know I said that my previous post on this was going to be my last but being the poster's whose pediatrician suggested giving water I had to respond because it was said "DON"T INTRODUCE sugary drinks" as if my girls drink only sugary drinks. They don't drink sugary drinks, they won't even drink chocolate milk even though they think they want it. Their drinks consist of milk, they go through 4-5 gallons a week, and water except on special occasions.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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My last post on this conversation is going to be this; ask your pediatrician about anything that concerns you; go with your motherly instincts and if you're not sure look it up but above all love your children and do what you think is best for them.

Thanks Dove it's been informative and yes I am being serious.

Dove - posted on 03/03/2015

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Nah... she doesn't have to rely on this forum. Just do her own research on infant water intoxication. Breast milk or formula have plenty of hydration in them. I'm not an expert... on pretty much anything... but I do find it hilarious that your doctor recommended such an astronomical amount of water to such young infants to 'get them used to non sugary drinks'... when I have three water guzzlers. lol

Sure... she can check w/ her doctor, but if her doctor advises her to give such a large amount of water I would hope she would get a second opinion and do her own personal research. It's not needed... and has the potential to do damage... and the potential to harm an infant is enough that I would advise anyone to do thorough, thorough research before trusting the word of anyone... even a doctor.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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OK so you are saying that she should rely on a website forum instead of asking a medical professional who knows her baby. I would rather rely on the medical professional for something like this because I don't think a pediatrician is going to give misinformation that would cause a baby to die.

Dove, you seem to have answers for everything. I am not trying to be rude or offend you or anyone else but what is your area of expertise? Yes I have answers to some things but most of my answers either came from Child Development and Family Relations background, my work experience, and my own children. Like I said if I don't know I will offer my opinion and advice them to contact the doctor.

You are right about one thing I am very lucky. I have a wonderful and 2 happy and healthy little girls that have never had anything other than a common cold, one had a sinus infection and one had an ear infection. I am blessed.

Dove - posted on 03/03/2015

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Giving that much water every day... you and your kids are still lucky. Babies have died from less....

This isn't something I would want the OP to check w/ her doctor on because some doctors are idiots and I would hate for her baby to die from water intoxication....

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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I went back and checked in my baby books and I misspoke, My daughters were about 5 months old when the PEDIATRICIAN told me to begin giving water. My mistake but that being said I did say to check with your doctor because I am not nor did claim to be a medical person. The water will help prevent constipation when you begin solid foods that I do know. When I am replying to questions/post one here I always say "check with your doctor" if it is anything medical or health related because I believe that is the best thing to do. I don't know about other pediatricians but ours actually has a nice that is there simply to answer questions if you call. I have used it many times in the past 4 years, there is no shame in not knowing something and needing to ask a professional.

Dove - posted on 03/03/2015

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No water at all under 6 months... you could kill the baby giving them 4-6 ounces of water a day at TWO MONTHS OLD. Wow... your kids are very, very lucky Chana.

After 6 months if baby is eating solids... an ounce or two of water in a sippy cup on occasion (not every day) is OK to get them used to a sippy cup, but no water is really NEEDED under 12 months.

My son was 7 months old the first time I let him play w/ a sippy cup w/ a bit of water. It wasn't a daily occurrence though. He was breastfed on demand and that provided all the fluid his body needed.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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I was only telling what our pediatrician said about giving water. I probably should have stated previously why they say to give 4-6 ounces of water a day because I did ask. I was told that it helps get them comfortable drinking something beside breast milk or formula so that when it is time to take them off of those you will not need to give them sweet drinks to keep them from dehydrating.

Jodi - posted on 03/03/2015

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I believe Michelle was referring to drinks. But no-one should need to give an infant water if they are receiving enough formula or breastmilk.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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My daughters are 4 and 2 and our pediatrician told me to give that 4-6 ounces of water a day after their 2 month check-up. Neither of them were premature so I don't know if that makes a difference. Check with your doctor that is the best thing to do. I hope Michelle meant only breast milk or formula to drink before 12 months because most pediatrician now tell you to begin feeding food, jarred baby food, homemade baby food or just ground up or smashed up table food, around 6 months unless there is a medical reason not to do so.

Jodi - posted on 03/03/2015

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You shouldn't need to give water to an infant. If your baby is thirsty, breastmilk or formula. They have a high water content in them anyway. But giving your baby water on its own puts your infant at risk of water intoxication.

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