Water.

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello Everyone!

I am a new mother my daughter is seven weeks. She has this funny sound that is kinda flueish like something is blocking her nose and she coughes. Apparently its water that I gave to her every now and then. Is it true that you can't give a baby water?

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Dove - posted on 01/29/2016

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Raye covered it all. This isn't just about opinion. It's about the fact that it is a risk and as parents we weigh the risks and benefits when it comes to choices w/ our children.

I, personally, don't believe something that has zero benefits and the potential risk of death is worth it... Water intoxication is a very, very real thing. You can certainly make whatever choices w/ your own child that you want... which is where opinion does come in, but water intoxication existing and killing babies isn't an opinion. It's a risk that HAS happened.

Raye - posted on 01/29/2016

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According to WIC: Water intoxication occurs when an infant is fed fluids without proper amounts of sodium and other electrolytes. It typically occurs when babies are given formula or breastmilk that has been over-diluted with water, but it has also been known to occur with direct feeding of fluids such as water, soda, juice, or tea. Water intoxication is a potentially fatal condition that could result in seizures, brain damage, coma or death. Symptoms of the condition include irritability, sleepiness, facial swelling, a drop in body temperature, fluid retention, and seizures. Also, infants fed excessive water or liquids other than breastmilk or formula will not receive adequate calories to meet their needs for growth and development.

Raye - posted on 01/29/2016

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Ash, parents have been sent to jail for murder because they were adding too much water to formula (trying to make it last longer) and it resulted in the death of their baby. It's better to be safe than sorry. Some of the effects, such as brain damage, would not be noticed right away. So the parent may continue to think everything's ok, but be causing developmental problems that will affect the child the rest of their lives.

Now that you have more information, I hope you will make the right choice and do not give water to a baby, except per the package instructions for mixing the formula.

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Ash - posted on 01/29/2016

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Dove, we all have our own opinions. I personally did not have any issues, nor have I ever heard of any one having any issues when giving their kids water as infants. In my opinion, we mix the formula with water anyways so what's the difference?

Dove - posted on 01/29/2016

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Believe whatever you want Ash, but babies have DIED from just a small amount of water. Personally I don't believe it is worth the risk for something they don't need.

Dove - posted on 01/29/2016

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A baby under 6 months should NEVER have any water (other than the naturally occurring water in breast milk and properly mixed formula). A child under 12 months doesn't typically 'need' water, but an ounce or two a couple times/week after 6/7 months is not, generally, harmful.

If you have not taken your baby to the doctor to get this issue checked out... please do so immediately.

Ash - posted on 01/29/2016

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I never believed that to be true. I gave my daughter water, although very little, by the time she was 1 month old.

Raye - posted on 01/29/2016

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You should not give your baby water! It can be toxic to a baby and also can make them feel full so they don't eat as much as they should for proper development. In general, your baby shouldn't drink water until she's about 6 months old. Until then, she gets all the hydration she needs from breast milk or formula, even in hot weather. Once your baby is 6 months old, it's okay to give her tiny sips of water.

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