How soon can I start giving my daughter water?

Autumn - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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She gets constipated occasionally and I was wondering if giving her some water (not a ton) might help her relieve herself.

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Mel - posted on 01/21/2010

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from day 1. Use cool boiled water between bottles or add 5-10 mills extra to the formula when making it up. It usually works for most babies and when they get to 4 weeks you can start prune juice once a day

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Anna - posted on 01/24/2010

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you don't say how old ur daughter is. you don't give a baby water from birth, unless they are formula fed. you can introduce water in general, by the time they are eating solid foods. a little throughout the day. You can feed prunes or apricots. that will help loosen stools.

Brittani - posted on 01/24/2010

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I was told by my Doctor that healthy baby's do not need water. As soon as she starts solids then she needs water or juice to help along with the digestion.

Claire - posted on 01/24/2010

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i had same problem and the midwife said to give my baby cooled water from birth n it realy did help straight away

Shantee - posted on 01/21/2010

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try kro syrup the clear kind i was giving it to my daughter at 2 mths it helps a lot just add it to her milk

Tasha - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter was born six weeks early and she's been having an ounce or so of cooled boiled water from about 3weeks old and it hasnt done her any harm, babies arent always hungry, sometimes they get thirsty especially if theyre on formula milk as its thicker. helps to keep their bowels moving too.

Rebecca - posted on 01/20/2010

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Aren't our bodys like.... 80% water anyways? I say yes, but my pediatrician reccommended no tap water until they're over 6mo. So if you do, make sure its bottled or boiled (and cooled of course) before you give her any. I have my daughter a quarter dropper full of prune juice mixed with formula/breastmilk(atleast an ounce of formula or two ounces of breastmilk) with every feeding until she pooped. massaging their lower back helps too.

Lauren - posted on 01/20/2010

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one oz of apple juice an a oz of water helped mine. i also would give him a little water after his bottle, to wash all the sugar off his teeth,an his mouth so he didnt get thrush.

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it depends on her age ive always heard for little babies that you shouldnt give them water because they get full of the water an then they dont get all the breastmilk or formula they need, my son ped told me i could start giving him water at 5 months but every doctor is different, but if she is like 5 months they have prunes juice for babies an prunes for baby food, but really if you dont want to do any of that, taking her temp rectaly will work an that works very fast, or you can use the top of a q-tip an put a&d ointment on it or whatever you have like that

User - posted on 01/20/2010

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also, id lay him across my knees on his side n rubbed his tummy, which helped a bit. a warm bath or u can get little handwarmer heat pad things, there quite good, i used to pu them it was just tucked down the top of his nappy on his belly and it seemed to relieve his pains. its also worth mentioning that some babies go for a week or so without a bowel movement, it is normal. esp if youve just changed from breast to bottle or changed their formula. my son went 9days, i was so happy when he finally did 1 that i cheered and woke the house up at 2am!

Zoe - posted on 01/20/2010

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How old is your daughter? i asked the health visitor this question becasue my mum told me i should be giving my son water not always milk but i was told milk is all they NEED until 6-8 weeks, milk has enough water in it to give them everything, but if you feel she needs it then it wont do her any harm, just make sure its cooled boiled water, mums know their own babies, its what you feel is right. hope that helps

Lisa - posted on 01/20/2010

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cooled boiled water is fine in any amount if the water dont work try a teaspoon of orange juice with 4 - 5 ounce of water pure orange by the way, my midwife advised this as my son got very constipated and quik due to formula milk :)

Catherine - posted on 01/20/2010

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You can give her water anytime......molasses and warm water helps with constipation.....

User - posted on 01/20/2010

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from birth. as long as its cooled, previously boiled water. my son had this problem n i gave him water- it does help!

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