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Emma - posted on 10/26/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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mi son is 3 week old how do u know wen to give him water and do u give him warm water or cold and how much oz?

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Deanna - posted on 11/30/2009

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i heard that babies shouldnt have water until theyre 6 months old otherwise it cn flush out their systems too much and its bad for their kidneys..that was a couple years ago though so i dont know it might have changed

Nikki - posted on 11/28/2009

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you should NOT be giving your baby water at all!! Not only does it over work there kidneys but there is no nutrition (obviously!!!) in water, when they are hungry you FEED them!! Babies do not need water.

KC - posted on 11/20/2009

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My midwife has me use a teaspoon op prune juice for constipation.... just in case you don't want to use water.

Peita - posted on 11/20/2009

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I was told by midwifes, no water, that it is just empty calories! Water will make your bub feel full but has no nutritional value! In saying that, I find a bit of cooled boiled water does help a constipated baby, use mother's judgement! Good Luck!

KC - posted on 11/20/2009

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I agree with Ashley. Everything I know about baby nutrition says no water. And hiccups really don't bother your baby, so giving them water just confuses their digestive system.

Ashley - posted on 11/20/2009

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Ive been told and read. NO WATER!! It causes malnutrition. If your baby is hungry feed him. Dont try to subsititute water for food. no water until baby is on solid food. Talk to your doctor before giving water.

also I use gripe water for hiccups. But not everytime. Maybe 1 in every 5 times. hiccups do not bother the baby,

Tracy - posted on 11/18/2009

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Ooh good, nothing has been mentioned to me about giving water. I am breast feeding and if my 5 week old wakes between feedings, I give her more breast milk. I chalk it up to "cluster feeding" when she's hitting a growth spurt. I will ask the dr when I go next week.

Destinie - posted on 11/08/2009

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tbh tho they tell alot of things to new mums that our mothers were allowed to do but we're not, such as my mum has had 6 children and in that time shes been told 3 different positions to lay the baby in a cot, she was told to talc the umbibical cord but i was told not to, she was allowed to make up a days worth of bottles in ne go and keep them in the fridge but i have been told i have to make them as my daughter needs them which isnt easy at half 3 in the morning with a screaming baby and witing for the kettle to boil then the water to cool down so i make up 3 bottles at a time and keep them in the fridge and my child is puttin on a healthy weight gain and is as healthy as my friends baby who is doing it all by the book. the best bit of advice ive been given is o do wahat i feel is best.

Destinie - posted on 11/08/2009

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i also give my daughter water when she is constipated as it softens up her poo

Jennifer - posted on 11/08/2009

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are you breast feeding or formula feeding? I was under the impression there is no need to give your baby water at this age, that breast milk is all they need.

Destinie - posted on 11/07/2009

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i give my daughter warm water thats just been boiled obviousy i wait till its cool enough for her, its my first time as a mum so i rely on my mums tips such as for trapped wind give them gripe water. i also use a dummy because sumtimes se just wants the bottle as a comfort it took me 3 weeks to realise why i was going through loads of barley used bottles a day.

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I only give mine water when she has the hicups to get rid of them and I give it to her at room temp. You can also take tap water and boil it for 5 min that what my daughters genetics doctor told me to do because buying the water can get costly.

Candy - posted on 10/26/2009

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Per my doctor and reading too formula consumed daily should equal about 2.5 x baby's weight, so like a 10lb baby should take about 25oz of nutrition, i would make sure they are atleast getting their formula in and i use a binky because sometimes the sucking is satisfying w/o consuming anything. that way the water doesn't fill the tummy and cause lack of nutrition plus the risk of getting strangled on the water

Emma - posted on 10/26/2009

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thank you very much you see i been giving him extra milk wen he wants more before his next feed i am just learning because its my first time being a mum so i wasn't too sure but thanks again x

Tamara - posted on 10/26/2009

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Mine is almost 4 weeks old..and if he wakes up between feedings wanting to eat I give him about 1 to 2 oz of water, if you buy distilled water in jugs just give him room temp. Or whatever water he is used to, but you have to be very careful when giving water, babies can easily choke on it. Just sit him up a little higher than when you feed him, and if he starts choking pull the bottle out of his mouth. Unfortunitly if they start choking not much you can do but sit them up and wait for them to get their breath. After giving him water, even just 1 to 2 oz make sure you burp him like you feed him, and don't replace a feeding with water.

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