how much water is enough water for my 3 month old?

Ebonee - posted on 07/03/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my doctor said my daughter needed more water due to constipation but she want drink it what should i do

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Krista - posted on 07/03/2012

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If she won't drink it, don't force her. Too much water isn't good for babies that tiny anyway. Is she breast-fed or bottle fed?

Krista - posted on 07/03/2012

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You may want to consider switching formulas. Soy formula tends to be a bit better as far as reducing constipation goes. As well, when she's in the warm bath, try "bicycling" her legs gently -- it may help get things moving along. Once she's a bit older (another month or so), you can give her a dropperful of diluted prune juice or pear juice.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/03/2012

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by about 5 months you can start offering pear or prune juice. I would make my own baby food, and add prunes to yougurt, and also pears. I had to buy store bought baby pears and prunes, cause I could never get the right consistency. My son had constipation issues for a while until I started him on solids and could offer him his daily prunes and pears. It really helps. Do not offer apple sauce or juice. It is binding.

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MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 07/03/2012

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Actually apple juice will loosen stool but apple sauce will make it worse. Apple sauce has pectin, which causes constipation or harder stool. This is why it is a part of the BRAT diet. However, the BRATTY diet is often given.

My son just got over having the "hand, foot and mouth" virus, I was in ER on Friday night. The doctor stated not to give him apple juice because it will cause his diarrhea to be worse. She said only apple sauce, due to the pectin.

An acronym, BRAT is a mnemonic for bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast, the staples of the diet.[1] Extensions to the BRAT diet include BRATT (with tea), BRATTY (with tea and yogurt), and BRATCH (with chicken, often boiled).

User - posted on 07/03/2012

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ok im taking her bk to the doctor to discuss changing formula thanks for the advice

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 07/03/2012

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Also, Similac was a good one, for us. Never had any backed up boy, here. He had great craps! ;)

I wouldn't force water on a 3 month old, either. Really, they should not be getting water until closer to 6 months. If you do give water, though, make sure it is purified (boiled), first.

Sometimes it just takes trying a different formula. Good Luck.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/03/2012

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I would look into a different formula. Iron in formula can constipate easily. I used gentle ease by enfamil (but I also bf). It worked well.

Dove - posted on 07/03/2012

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I wouldn't give a 3 month old any water. If she is breastfed it may be something in your diet since breastfed babies don't 'tend' to get constipated on their own. If she is bottle fed maybe you could add just a tiny bit of water to one of her bottles a day.



If it's often, maybe her body doesn't like the formula.

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