can i give water to my 2 months baby?
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Leah - posted on 02/25/2009
I gave my daughter water when she was 2 days old. Yes the formula has water in it but you need to have some water. That doesn't mean to give them the water instead of the formula it will not hurt the baby anyway shape or form. Actually when she was 2 weeks old she got some orange juice they need variety just because they are little doesn't mean they shouldn't have different things and this came from and older doctor and my daughter will turn 7 next month.
Tamara - posted on 02/25/2009
No, no, and no. You absolutely should NOT give your 2 month old water. All the hydration they need should only come from breastmilk (optimally) or formula.
Her little kidneys are in no way ready for plain water and will not be for a long time. Stick to breastmilk or formula.
Babies do not need water. A small amount, however (i.e. 1/2 an ounce) can help settle tummies. Water intoxication or water on the brain can result from too much water though. Look those up before you decide whether or not to give your bambino water.
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Debra - posted on 02/24/2009
I just remembered. If the baby is sick and you are worried about him/her becoming dehydrated, buy some Pedialyte and give instead of water. It contains the important electrolytes that the baby needs if they can't keep formula/breastmilk down.
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Debra - posted on 02/24/2009
NO, you should not give your baby water. They get all the water they need in their formula/breastmilk. If you start giving water, you can easily upset the water balance in their bodies. It does not take much water to cause "water intoxication", because the baby's little bodies are much smaller than ours. True, the kidneys can handle the water, but the water will also upset the electrolyte imbalance. Babies need vitamins, nutrients, minerals and such, not plain water. And as for the ones who are talking about constipation, it is not truly constipation until the baby has not went for 2-3 days. Every person has a different "normal" bowel pattern. Not everyone goes every day.
Debra, student nurse
Bethany - posted on 02/24/2009
As far as I know they do not NEED water at that age, but it's not going to kill them either.
It can kill them- it's called Water intoxication. I'm sure it's rare but I would just recommend being really careful and only do it if you think it is really necessary. Check with your dr for safe amounts.
As far as I know they do not NEED water at that age, but it's not going to kill them either. After all, you do use water to mix their formula. However, don't give them water and make them skip their meal. I wouldn't give them more than an ounce, either, because it would fill them up and make them not want to drink their milk.
Kathy - posted on 02/24/2009
yes it is alright to give her water at that age. I did my both of my boys one is 7 years old and one is ten months old. We just put a little sugar in the water not much. IT did Not Hurt him. His doctor told us to give him water.
Anna - posted on 02/24/2009
you baby should get all their water from the formula or breast milk. The only time you give a baby that young water is when you are in a seriously hot environment, to prevent dehydration. The only thing a baby that young gets or needs is formula or breast milk.
Karen - posted on 02/24/2009
If a baby is being breast fed s/he does not need additional water. A bottle fed baby may need some cooled,boiled tap water occasionally as they can get constipated. Thenwater should not replace a formula feed but can be offered inbetween if the baby is unsettled. As the previous reply said, babies can get thirsty just like adults. P.S. I am also from a medical background. Of course babies can digest water!
Erika - posted on 02/24/2009
water is a very important part of a babies diet along side milk..milk is a nutrient for substance water helps balance the sustance and body by naturally helping toileting and hydration whne formulas can dare i say sometimes bung little ones up xx
Ally - posted on 02/24/2009
that is a big NO! You do not want to supplement with water bc they need to be getting the nutrients from breastmil/formula. If you supplement with water you are filling their tummies up but they are recieving no nutrion which they need at this point in order to grow. It can also cause electrolyte imbalances.
Megan - posted on 02/24/2009
Yes, it is safe to give your 2 month old water. Do it in moderation though, that way you don't flush them out! My doctor told me to give our daughter (when she was that young) water (in a bottle) when she was sick, that way she wouldn't get dehydrated!
Alyssa - posted on 02/24/2009
They say that its not safe to give water to babies anymore, because too much can be toxic on their little systems. I was always worried that my son wasnt hydrated enough with just formula, but i repetedly asked my pediatirician, he reassured me that they recieve enough hydration with the formula there is no need for water for a baby. It worried my when they told me that water for an infant can be toxic so i never wanted to give him any.
I hope that helps you out a little bit!
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