Hi there My daughter is 11 weeks old and she seems to want to chew on her fist all time even when she not eating. i am wondering if this could be teething or just a natural , your comments are muchly appreciated thanks x

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Jodi - posted on 07/18/2012

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Well, you're right, technically, you CAN give her water, but I think what Sharlene was trying to say is that you shouldn't be giving her water because it is completely unnecessary and could be filling her tummy with water when she probably should be getting formula. Also, have you heard of water intoxication? People die from it.
http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/newsdeta...

Given she seems to be crying all the time, and at 3 months, babies tend to go through a huge growth spurt, have you tried feeding her formula more frequently, rather than every 3-4 hours, or giving her a little more each feed?

Have you talked to her doctor?

Jodi - posted on 07/18/2012

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" U dont see me telling her or you how to be a parent. Parenting comes naturally and u learn new things every day. not everyone is perfect."



Okay, firstly, I didn't ask the question, you did. You offered up information, and people are trying to give you advice. Doctors CAN be wrong, it isn't unheard of. Don't go getting all shitty because it isn't the advice you WANT. People are genuinely trying to help you.



Secondly, if parenting came naturally, there would be no need for CPS, so that's the biggest crock of shit statement people always seem to come up with.

Jodi - posted on 07/18/2012

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Michelle, women are trying to advise on your issue here. It seems like you asked this question wanting a particular response. You were looking for women to say "yes, she is teething, you are right". You aren't going to get that. She may or she may not be teething, and while it is a possibility, at her age, it isn't likely her teeth.

In your OP she never indicated your baby was constipated. In which case, it makes sense to give her a LITTLE water, but you should be VERY careful how much you give her. You shouldn't be giving her water if she is crying because she is hungry, because water is not going to give her the calories she needs - it should not REPLACE increased feeds.

I have given advice, such as try giving her a little more formula, either more each feed or more frequently, and see how that works for you (she is probably going through a growth spurt). If she isn't hungry, she won't take it. In which case, you know that's not helping so you go back to square one. But if you choose to ignore any advice, then that's your problem.

Stifler's - posted on 07/18/2012

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3-4 hours isn't hungry all the time it's normal for a baby. renae fed every 2 hours until about 5 months. I agree with Jodi chewing on stuff and drooling is normal and doesn't always mean they are hungry or teething, sometimes just discovering.

Jodi - posted on 07/18/2012

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Actually, she's probably just discovered her hands. Children at this age discover their sensory world with their mouth. Everything goes in the mouth. She has just found her fists and is possibly just enjoying the sensory experience. If she doesn't appear to be upset when she is doing it, I would say that's all it is. It is a developmental stage.

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Sharlene - posted on 07/18/2012

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Michelle. I was just giving advice okay I'm sorry if you took it the wrong way but like I said you should have put more info in your post about your daughter being constipated and offering water in between feeds.good luck

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2012

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Jodi there's advice and telling people what to do. Yes I no like I said she teething earlier been to doctors today. And she always hungry? I never said she was just asking but she doesnt take the extra feed. Yea I give her a 1 oz a day or maybe 2 depends. Yes she eats constipated but I was asking about her chewing On fists. All her gum at bottom is White. I appreciate your advice but when someone tells me not to do this not to do that. Which pisses me off. U dont see me telling her or you how to be a parent. Parenting comes naturally and u learn new things every day. not everyone is perfect.

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2012

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Did not say anything about your kids. I was just stating I don't need people to tell me how to bring my baby up I only wanted simple advice. I try my best with my baby like you just cause I asked for advice don't mean am a bad mum. Not everyone is perfect. This is my first child. Wanted advice from someone who done this before wasnt wanting people telling me how to bring my kid up. Every baby is different and she is my world I love her millions I wouldn't risk anything if I don't need to. But doctors have said to

Sharlene - posted on 07/18/2012

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Michelle, I have 4 children and 3 of them all have different special needs and my 2 yr old has a feeding tube course she cant swallow and vomits and chokes thank you and if you would have put more info in your post

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2012

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cos she been constipated and she don't open bowels every day. end of day baby's can have water. And your a mum but am her mum and if doctos say give her water then I will. there's nothin wrong with giving your baby water. got a problem dont comment I was asking for advice not asking for parent skills

Sharlene - posted on 07/18/2012

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@Michelle, I have never heard of a professional suggesting to offer water in between feeds unless the the child has non bowel movement or suffers constipation. I gave my kids boiled water when they had trouble with the bowels.And that link that jodi send you last night it's a interesting read. Can I ask why your doctor would suggest that ?

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2012

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well technically it is necessary and yes doctors told me to give water in between her feed. And yes i am why do u think am asking for advice. i tried everything? and by the way she is teething a baby can be born with teeth...... hence why i asked

Sharlene - posted on 07/18/2012

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You shouldn't be giving her water at that age , There should be getting enough water in her bottles if your making her bottles up correctly. At that age milk is the only thing they have until 3 month's old when you introduce rice cereal and at 4/6 months old puree and solids when they can sit up straight and there holding their head up. Can you go and see another clinic nurse and do you check on her weight and any other problems or concern's you might have. Michelle you really should go and see a clinic nurse.

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2012

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she always been on cow and gate from start. i already been and they no use to be honest. i givge her water in between feeds. but she crys constantly for something i feed her everytime but some times i just give her water. thanks for the advice xx

Sharlene - posted on 07/18/2012

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I would suggest if your part of a baby's clinic go and speak to the clinic nurse and see what they suggest to you or top up her bottles with just a bit more milk . good luck

Sharlene - posted on 07/18/2012

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How formula was she on when she was born and do you take her to a baby clinic

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2012

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i am bottle feeding. she seems to be hungry all the time. i changed her milk for first cow and gate milk to hungier baby milk when she was about 7 weeks old and she as 6 oz of milk every 3 to 4 hours but a lately she chewing on fists all the time .

Sharlene - posted on 07/18/2012

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There's no way she would be teething at 11 weeks. Chewing of the fist is a sign of hunger she probably wants more . Are you breast feeding or bottles?

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