Water for infants?

Nastassja - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi,my name is nastassja, My little girl is one month old. Just like to know when can you start giving them water to drink ?

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Katelyn - posted on 02/18/2010

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my dr told us that water is dangerous bfore 5 or 6 months of age, the kidneys cant process it and they can actually drown if given too much. that is plain water, given mixed with formula if fine obviously, but check with your dr first.

Kemisha - posted on 02/18/2010

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Hi Nastassja:

If you have started to give the baby formula then i suggest you give him/her water only babies that are breast fed only can do without water. But other than that every one needs water to grow. So be very careful give the water out of a cup and not bottle feed because bottles can be dangerous.

Shanara - posted on 02/17/2010

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She dosen't need water because she is getting it from her formula. Her system is not ready for water by itself anyway she is too young and their bodies are not ready for it unless it's in formula.

Miranda - posted on 02/17/2010

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I was told that you shouldn't give your child water because to much water it can harm the child and is bad on their kidneys? That you can start giving your child water around 6 or more months.

Catriona - posted on 02/17/2010

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yes u can but make sure that its boiled 1st i gave water to my son when he was 3 months old...

Kristy - posted on 02/16/2010

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i gave my daughter water wen she was sick or i felt it was too hot to have milk dont worry it cant hurt them at any age start now and you will have a happy water babay that wont be into juice or soft drink

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2010

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Hi, when i took my son for his first check up around 1 month, his doctor said nursery water was fine. I then gave him water every few days just to give him a different taste.

Krystal - posted on 02/16/2010

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When I had my daughter and son, the only times they were able to have water by itself was when they were sick and dehydrated. Then when they were 6-7 months old, they were able to have some water but not alot at one time.

Nichole - posted on 02/16/2010

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I started giving my daughter who is 16 weeks, she is bottle fed, water about a week ago. Just a few oz's a day and it doesn't interfer with her feedings. She really likes it.

Kristie - posted on 02/16/2010

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its fine to start giving water between bottle feeds esp during the warmer months... you will notice if they are getting dehydrated as the 'hole' on top of their head will start to suck in... if u notice this you can give ur bub some water to drink being only one month old they may only drink a little bit but thats ok :) but like it has been mentioned if they are breastfed they shouldnt really need any extra and they get it all from you but it dosnt hurt to supplement if u feel like she needs some extra nourishment

Natasha - posted on 02/16/2010

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e saw the pediatrician last week. Mine is 3months now and I've been instructed to start giving water now, as my boy is VERY large and will need solids already. 1 month is very young though to give water. Our nurse instructed us to not give water before 3 months as drinking more water makes them feel full and may lead to malnutrition.I live at Sun City (it's VERY) hot here. 30 to 34 celsius on a normal day, and my son only drank formula till now.

Amanda - posted on 02/16/2010

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when i asked my dr. he said that generally they dont need water until they start eating solid foods (at around 4-6 months) but def check with ur dr. because a study has found that too much water can actually harm your baby

Karen - posted on 02/16/2010

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when i took my baby for his four month check up the dr told me that it would be fine to give my little one water as long as he didn't take so much that he wasn't taking his normal amount of milk - she suggested 2-3 ozs per day and i must say, he loves his water! i would just check with your dr first though, one month seems a little young.

Amy - posted on 02/16/2010

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If your baby is breastfed then she will not need any additional fluids (including water). In hot weather she just might like to feed more often. If however she is bottle fed then it is fine to give them supplementary water throughout the day. To know if your baby is getting enough water she should have at least 6 wet diapers a day.

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