is it ok to give a 1week old water from a bottle

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Jodi - posted on 04/26/2011

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Here you go Wendy:

http://www.newbornbabyzone.com/feeding-n...



"Giving water to the baby on the first day after birth can increase the severity of jaundice. This condition makes them sleepy and lethargic.



Feeding water to the newborn baby can lead to oral water intoxication. When this condition occurs, the sodium content in your baby's body becomes very much diluted and finally the baby's body is unable to function properly. This can lead to an altered mental state, bloating, seizures, low body temperature, etc"



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...



"Breastfed babies do not need water - keep in mind that breastmilk is 88% water. Even in the first few days after birth, before mom's milk has "come in", colostrum is all that is needed to keep baby well hydrated (assuming baby is nursing effectively). Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Supplements (water, glucose water, formula, and other fluids) should not be given to breastfeeding newborn infants unless ordered by a physician when a medical indication exists... During the first 6 months of age, even in hot climates, water and juice are unnecessary for breastfed infants and may introduce contaminants or allergens."



"For newborns (especially under 4-5 weeks), water supplements can be risky

•Babies under two months should not be given supplemental water.

•Water supplements are associated with increased bilirubin levels in jaundiced newborns.

•Too much water can lead to a serious condition called oral water intoxication.

•Water supplements fill baby up without adding calories, so water supplements can result in weight loss (or insufficient weight gain) for the baby.

•Babies who get water supplements are less interested in nursing. If baby is not nursing as often as he should, it will take longer for mom's milk to come in and can delay or prevent mom from establishing an optimum milk supply."

Jodi - posted on 04/25/2011

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No. A new born baby does not need water, and it CAN be quite dangerous for them. Also, consider why you would want to fill your new born baby's TINY little tummy with water, which is TOTALLY empty calories, you could feed them either breastmilk or formula (depending on what you are feeding) which have all the nutrients your baby needs. There is absolutely no reason to give a 1 week old ANYTHING other than your breastmilk or formula.

Jodi - posted on 04/28/2011

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Sorry Mel, I wasn't trying to be critical, I was just pointing out that it is best for the OP to consult her doctor because it CAN be dangerous, and is not necessary in most cases.

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When it comes to this and solids.All i can say is talk to your doctor and go from there mom.:-)

I find those two topics are not for us to give advice.As both have harmful effects done early(for some).So speaking to professionals is the best thing you and any of us can do.

Jodi - posted on 04/26/2011

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Mel, my views are that UNLESS a qualified medical practitioner who knows your baby has recommended you give some water, you shouldn't do it (whether breastfed OR formula fed). Obviously, if it is medically recommended, that's different. But when receiving advice from a site like this? No, don't give water.

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Tammi - posted on 04/30/2011

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Hello Annie. My son is 3 months old. I was told by his doctor and when I was in hospital. Not @ give him water yet. He may choke

Shelby - posted on 04/29/2011

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i have 6 children of my own and have all been on formula......i haven't given my kids water at that young of age but by about 3 or 4 weeks old i started to give little sips of water......i just thought that if i had to drink nothing but formula i would want something diffrent and i found that little sips from a baby bottle cleans out the formula that has gathered in the mouth.....kind of washes it out.....but i wouldn't give it to a 1 week old just yet.....they are still learning to suck and drink and could choke on the water......pretty scary if you ask me.....but it is your baby you do what you feel is right.....

Brenda - posted on 04/28/2011

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My daughter is 9months and is on formula.I gave her cooled boiled water from 3 weeks after spews.(it helped relieve the sting.)She now loves her water.I personaly believe that it is alright.

Wendy - posted on 04/28/2011

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wow this turned into a hugh debate....lol...but ladies if i may this site is good for this reason alone. children are differant they dont all react the same or decelope the same. parents are differant with beliefs and experiance. we all have opinions and differant ways of doing things...i read the books and health guides seek guidance from my doctor and my mum and grandmother add some common sence of my own and experiance and there you go .my parenting style.....input and advice from other mothers helps add to this...in the end we will all do the best we can with the info we have gathered....so all the posts im sure have helped this mother....

Mel - posted on 04/28/2011

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Im sure it can be dangerous. Much like driving or any other normal day to day thing. But yes I do know the baby in one week old and like I have said I dont agree with water for a tiny newborn baby unless needed, but I also know there is no harm in giving bottles of water between feeds during the day as they gets a few months older even before solids. I knw on hot days I took a bottle of water for my daughter when we went out , even though she didnt even know how to drink the bottle. Just because it was hot weather and its nice for them to stay hydrated.

Jodi - posted on 04/28/2011

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Oh, well, I suppose then we should trust the word of one WA Child Health person over the hundreds of resources produced by credible sources that say that it CAN be dangerous. No-one said never, ever, ever give your child water, because we all recognise there are times where it may be necessary, but in general, it is NOT necessary because babies get all the water they need from their milk, and it is possible to harm them if you don't know what you are doing, so you should ALWAYS seek advice from a medical professional.

It is common sense that they are going to need a little water when they start solids, but in this instance, the baby is 1 week old - I hardly think that is an issue.

Mel - posted on 04/28/2011

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ok for people who are inetrested I checked with a friend child health today, water IS definately safe. If you are not gving your baby sips of water before they begin solids, then they NEED to have water when they start solids

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011

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Thanks Lynette, no hard feelings here, I just don't want moms getting the wrong ideas and their babies getting hurt! It's good to see the real facts. :)

Lynette - posted on 04/27/2011

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Okay let me make this better and sorry for any inconvenience..
It's best not to give your baby water before 6 months. At this newborn stage, breast milk or formula is all a baby needs to stay healthy. You don't want to fill up your baby on water, which may decrease her appetite and leave her malnourished. Pediatricians are also cautious about water because it's very easy to overload your baby. Giving a baby too much water too fast can cause her kidneys to flush out sodium and electrolytes, leaving her salt-depleted. In serious cases, this can trigger seizures. Even on a hot day, most babies don't need water -- breast milk or formula is enough to keep them hydrated. However, if your baby is constipated, your pediatrician may suggest giving her 2 ounces of water a day to get her back on track. After your child turns 1, she can start sipping water more regularly.

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Lynette - posted on 04/27/2011

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Hey I wasn't being rude img sorry Laura bout the word stupid... but mira mama not everything is good like if you drink smoke and not healthy and giving baby breastmilk is the samthing...so think about it coming to you as a latina mom and not trying to hurt anyone just stated my opinion again its up to the person who asked not us right?

Lynette - posted on 04/27/2011

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Okay I get what you guys are saying about the water and there is lead to think about...so yeah I guess at that you are right...but i had to give my daughter water because the doctors ordered me too because of colic but other than that now she drinks it...thats why its okay but yet it is a mothers decision as to her baby health...thanks

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011

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Lynette, My grandma smoked and drank until drunk through her whole pregnancy. At birth my mom was healthy. So I guess it's safe to say that smoking and drinking while pregnant doesn't hurt babies right!!!!

Haha, my dad never rode in a carseat his whole infancy, he rode home from the hospital on his moms lap. He is still alive today! That's so cool cuz I guess that means we don't need car seats right!

That's a horribly rude and incorrect post.
Type up water intoxication on google and take a read yourself. Or read the link Jodi posted on the first page.

Oohhh just thought of another, I guess being shot doesn't kill you either because I saw a lady on Oprah who was shot in the brain and didn't die!

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Yes, it does and has Lynette. Just because YOUR baby is fine doesn't mean another woman's baby will be as well.



Personally, I wouldn't want to risk giving advice that may kill someone's baby.

Lynette - posted on 04/27/2011

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Wow my baby hasnt died yet so I wonder....from 1 week til now that she is 6 months nope water does not kill Laura that is stupid water dont kill babies

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011

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No, babies at that age need only breastmilk. If they can not get breastmilk formula will suffice. But no water is needed until much later.
Water can kill babies that age.
Kill, yes as in die. Read the post by Jodi. And don't give water to babies!

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No, your new baby does not need water. She gets all the water she needs from her formula or breast milk

Lynette - posted on 04/27/2011

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If the baby needs the water yes I give my daughter now 6 months water when she was 1 week old it helped her drink her milk and the doctors says its fine just not too much

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Posts like this scare me. I'm so worried that on the advice of mom's (instead of the doctor) some new mother will give her baby water and the baby will die.

Yeah, babies need water. That is WHY they need breastmilk or formula.... since it IS mostly water. Giving them any additional water (unless under the direction and extreme supervision of a medical professional) CAN be extremely dangerous.

Jodi - posted on 04/26/2011

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I do understand that things were done differently when your children were young LaWanda. Heck they were done differently when my son was a baby 14 years ago too. Things change, research is refined, and as a result, recommendations change, and IMO, it would be silly to disregard that without medical advice. There are very solid reasons why it is not recommended to give a newborn baby water (unless it is advised by a doctor). Always better, with a newborn, to err on the side of caution until you can talk to a professional, and I feel this is one of those occasions.

LaWanda - posted on 04/26/2011

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Kate Dear,
The question whic I misread was about water not a car seat. We will always have different opinions Jodi. I was mainly speaking about a baby pass the one week stage of having water in it;s diet. The question I should have read to the fullest for the perfect ones with all the knowledge and know it all. I gave my personal experience with giving my babies water. Whether I gave them water at 1 week or 5 weeks they were given water. For some to be so out of place with your comments. The question was asked and we as Women, Mother's were asked to share their experiences. The Site says CIRLCE OF MOMS. To agree or to disagree is something one may experience everyday of their lives. Now it's up to the person to pick and choose what she feels to be right that she is most comfortable with.
I do apologize for my comment having some to think that it was based on a 1 week old baby.

Pamela - posted on 04/26/2011

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Our bodies are composed of 98% water and the best thing we can do is continue to drink water to help keep the cleansing flow constant. Make sure the water is filtered and doesn't contain the often harmful chemicals that most cities and counties use to clean the general water system used by all.
Of course it is okay to give a newborn water! Hopefully you are breastfeeding as well.

Mel - posted on 04/26/2011

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good point LaWanda most mums dont steralize bottles these days. I did with my first but was told it wasnt necessary, second time I knew better and I just wash them. I suppose I can understand feeding a baby a bottle of water after formula, because when you over feed a baby milk they lose everything. I do agree there has been alot more research done but at the same time you cant get 2 completely opposite advice from different people, depends who you ask or where your from.

Jodi - posted on 04/26/2011

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Well, then, we should always just go by what "old school mothers" did then should we, because their ways are better? It never occurred to you that research has gone a long way since then? So let's just ignore the current recommendation based on current research and what we know now, because you know better? So would you still carry your baby in the car on your lap would you?



I have provided information and links as to why it is a bad idea.



And just for your info, formula is made up MOSTLY of water, and breastmilk is 80% water. If our adult diet were only breast milk or formula, no, we would not need additional water in our diet. We only need water because we need more of it to digest the solid foods that we eat. But of course, comparing the water needed in an adult (or even an older child) diet to that needed in a breastfeeding or formula feeding infant is ludicrous.

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Under normal circumstances.... breastmilk or formula is all a one week old needs and all they should have. If a medical professional that has examined and knows your child advises differently... that would be different. Although I will say that if any doctor advised me to give my newborn water.... I'd get a second opinion first.

LaWanda - posted on 04/26/2011

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I the hole in the infants bottle is not to big or coming out of the nipple to fast and if the child is held in the right position he or she is not going to choke no more that they would if the child were to drink their formula. 1 can of milk and one can of water does not substitute water to say that a baby is getting enough water. If that was true with what we cook should be enough water in our daily diet? Water does the body good I would think. Water also when my kids were coming up lets say you gave your baby their formula bottle and the child was still hungry a water bottle was substituted instead of another formulsa bottle. Also after the baby burp they normally or sometimes would get the hiccups I gave a couple sips of water to get rid of the hiccups. Try talking to many Mothers before us Old School Mother's and old wise woman will tell you what worked and has worked for many years.
You know come to think about it I do not see many Mother's sterilizing bottles or buying glass bottles as I did when my kids were babies. Glass bottles for sixs months and then plastic. Plastic bottles was said that it would give the baby gas?

LaWanda - posted on 04/26/2011

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Water yes, sterolize water yes. When my kids were young asnd I made their formula I also made them 2 water bottles also. It was surprising to me when my oldest said that her daughter's doctor said not to give her wat. Well I was totally against that for they came up on formula and they did not not have any issues. I was told that they needed water as we are finding out everyday about ourselves that water is a must. I was told it was good for thrash as well. Especially if a child is constipated. Water and a teaspoon of white syrup, not sure of the name Karo syrup is coming to mind but I do not feel that is the right brand name. But that does work for constipation. It worked in my household. As well as constarch and definitely vaseline for every baby and childs bottom.

Mayliine - posted on 04/26/2011

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No need to give a newborn baby just water. They get enough water in their formula.

Jennifer - posted on 04/26/2011

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I completely agree with you Jodi, that is why I posted the way I did earlier. My last two children have needed a little extra water mixed in with their formula for constipation issues, but the amount was determined by their pediatrician, and she also closely monitored their weight gain, to make sure they were getting enough calories. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, and especially with such a young child (my kids were 3months before started with extra water), water should not be given.

Bonnie - posted on 04/26/2011

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No. Why would you want to give a newborn water. Breast milk or formula is all they need at that age. I was told not to give a baby water until 4 months and even then just a couple of ounces.

Mel - posted on 04/26/2011

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I can see what you mean. I rang the hospital where I gave birth at and thats where I got my advice for probably the first 6 weeks or so.

Blackwood - posted on 04/26/2011

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From my understand, no. They don't need it for one thing and they'll get full on something that doesn't have the added vits and nutriants they need like they get from breastmilk or formula. Cold water is diffently not good becuz it's hard to digest, same goes for formula, the bottles need to be warmed up. Of course with breastmilk, it's already at the perfect tempature.

Mel - posted on 04/26/2011

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Hey Jodi, what if she has a formula fed baby? My bub was formula fed hence the constipation. Are your views still the same on not giving extra water? Water is a life saver for constipation (if this is the reason she wants to give her baby water)

Jodi - posted on 04/26/2011

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And crap, I lost half my post while I was doing it.....oh well, I can't be bothered retyping it now, LOL.

Wendy - posted on 04/26/2011

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and yes i did it right 21 years ago colostrum they got it all on my brest constantly....lol...but it does not fill there tummy so the crying would stop....hence the wee bit of water at the time.....hopefully all the info helped Annie

Mel - posted on 04/26/2011

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depends why? Generally at 1 week old, you just need to stick to breast milk or formula. I would only give the baby water, if he/she is constipated or on very hot days. I was given advice to give one of my kids prune juice and water from about that age but the sole reason I did was due to constipation. my second baby didnt need water til a few months old from what I remember.

Just read below comments Wendy is right small amoounts between feeding yes, but only if theres a reason for it, otherwise your baby does not need water until he begins solid food

Wendy - posted on 04/26/2011

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wow realy ladies? maybe she just wants to give a small amount in between feeding there could be a reason. dangerous? explain please...not being a smart ass honestly. in the first cpl days i gave birth. i gave both my daughters a small amount of water just till my milk came in np it stopped the crying ...brest milk good to go on the second night actually my older daughter is now 21 and the nurse gave it to me to give her......courous? im sure i will be a grandma eventualy....lol

Tammy - posted on 04/26/2011

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Like everyone else said- no. It can upset their little tummies and they need all the milk they can get at their age.

Liz - posted on 04/25/2011

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Why would you want to? Either breastmilk or formula contains all the hydration that a baby needs as well as the calories they need to grow and develop. Feeding a one week old water is unnecessary and dangerous.

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2011

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Babies get all the water they need from breast milk and/or formula. Giving extra water, could cause water toxicity and electrolyte imbalance. It's incredibly dangerous and can be life threatening.

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