Water between feeds...any opinions??

Melony - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I've been having a bit of trouble with my 6 week old. For the past 2 weeks he has been extremly fussy at night before bed. At around 8-9pm he starts fussing and is absolutely inconsolable unless i feed him more formula. I've been getting conflicting comments about this from my pediatrician and other mothers. I was told that if i give him some water (boiled of course) with the smallest amount of sugar to sweeten it, that he would start to be ok between feedings.

It's getting to the point where i just want to rip out my hair because he just refuses to stop crying until about 11-11:30pm, but after that he is fine for the night.

Does anybody have any suggestions? I would really appreciate anything you can throw at me.

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Jessica - posted on 09/07/2009

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It sounds like he has colic. Noth of my babies had the same thing and would get fussy at about the same time yours does. I just tuned their crying out and laid them over my knees (supporting their head of course!) then I would pat their back until they would stop. Gas bubbles are painful for babies. But usually babies don't need extra water. If he gets constipated, you can give him some watered down apple juice, because that is a natural laxative. Or, you can use dark Karo syrup in his bottle. I personally liked the apple juice, because the syrup didn't work for my kids.

Ashley - posted on 09/05/2009

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i know that formula fed babies can have water. i formula feed and i was told in the hospital that they get thirsty sometimes and that they are allowed water. if it's the same time everynight maybe he's got some gas pains?? you can also try giving him some grip water and swaddling as well. what i'll do sometimes too is lie my son across my knees. if he has gas pains it will calm him down and he'll fall asleep. some babies have a fussy time which will last for that long. other than that i dont know what else to tell you. hope i've helped a little bit!

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Naomi - posted on 09/10/2009

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I found a cool article on how much to feed ur baby. They say 2.5 ounces of formula for every lb. your baby weighs=the amount he needs per day. My son is 10lbs, so he needs 25 ounces a day. Apparently if they get that during the day they will sleep longer at night. But also that other post is right too, my baby gets fussy at the same time every night too and nothing consoles him.

Mabell - posted on 09/07/2009

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There i a home remedy that my family has used for me and I have used for my daughter that is now 2 1/2---- Star Anise is something you can get at a local grocery store by the condiment isle. It relieves gas-and colic and its all NATURAl-... jus boil some in water and give it to the baby- even new borns can drink a small amount of it. I love it and I still give it to my baby when she has a fussy belly.

Leah - posted on 09/07/2009

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Forgot to mention my boys bedtime routine feed was at about 6 pm to begin with they would wake at about 10 for a top up feed and 2 am for a top up feed i gave both these night time feeds in there bedrooms with the lights dimmed but eventually they slept longer and longer the 10pm feed became later it got to ther point where they were waking but only taking a couple of ounces before starting to drift off so i started to offer the pacifier when they woke if they didnt settle i would give the milk feed and then finally they slept right through till the morning occasionally waking but quickley settling with the pacifier my eldest was 8 weeks old and my youngest was 14 weeks old when they managed to go right from 6.30 pm till 6.30 am.Also i found both my boys were hungry babies and took more than the guidelines given i wouldnt worry about giving too much formula they will drink what they want and bring back anything they dont ok thats it now or i will just go on forever.........Let us know how you get on hope you find a solution that suits you both :-)

Leah - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hi its so frustrating when your little one wont settle with my two boys once they got to 6 weeks old i implemented a wind down for bedtime i would bath them put them in there nightclothes and and give the last feed in there bedroom with the lights dimmed then put them down for the night.They soon recognised that this meant it was time to settle for sleep both boys had dummies to help them settle (Orthodontic design ) sometimes sucking helps babys to settle although u then need to get them off the pacifier when they get older. I did this with my eldest at about 2 years of age took a few tearful nights but was fairly quickly forgotton about not sure if this will be of any help but i hope it is.One thing i would definately avoid doing is giving anything in a bottle that contains sugar as if your baby gets used to this once his teeth are through it will cause serious decay problems the same goes for juices etc these are best kept for mealtimes only and given in a beaker/ feeding cup im sure your dentist will be happy to advise you futher on this.Hope this has been of some help and that you will soon be having more peaceful nights :-)

Karen - posted on 09/07/2009

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Everything I've read says that babies under 6 months old should not have water. Your baby sounds like he has colic. Colic follows the rule of three. Usually starts around 3 weeks old, fussing and crying for about 3 hours, usually in the evening, until about three months of age. Ask your pediatician about trying a different formula. If formula calms him down, why don't you just give him formula? Why water? A 6 week old doesn't need a strict feeding schedule.

Iysha - posted on 09/07/2009

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There is an exception to the water thing... a bottle of half water and half gerber's Pear juice will be fine for constipation only. other than that, don't give your baby water or sugar water.

Iysha - posted on 09/07/2009

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No!! Don't do that. I work for a doctor and too much water can lead to seizers in small babies. Sugar water is not recommended either. It gets the child to think that everything they put in their mouth is going to be sweet.

If your baby is hungry, only give him formula or breast milk.THATS IT. Feeding schedules are kind of like guidelines, not exact times the baby needs to be fed. My baby went to eating more than the recommended amount of formula (2 oz for a baby her size) for about 2 weeks at 6 weeks old and is back to her regular feeding amount, sometime a bit more, except at night when she will have about 4 ounces and will sleep for 5 hours.

If he isn't hungry, he may just want something to suck on or could be just tired. In that case, a pacifier does the trick. If he doesn't seem to want to take the pacifier, rub the top of his pallet with the pacifier, so he knows to suck.

Megan - posted on 09/07/2009

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oh and to add to a comment i just read i don't think you should worry about over feeding a 6 week old baby. just dont offer a bottle everytime they cry, go through your list of things diaper change, gassy, you know the stuff but sometimes a baby is just hungry.

Megan - posted on 09/07/2009

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i heard a story on the news of a baby that died of overhidration, because of this, it does the same thing to your body as dehidration but it caused by too many fluids. there is already so much water in the formula that the additional water can some times be too much. and i wouldn't suggest any sugar that young you dont want to get them used to sweets before they have even had their first veggie... but if you do give water it should be fine as long as you dont give it in large amount like maybe and ounce or less.

Casey - posted on 09/07/2009

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Yes i do agree, if baby sleeps better with formula you wont overfeed, they'll spit it back out or spew! I wouldn't recomend water till like 8 or 9 months even later. DO NOT put sugar in it please! It'll hop the wee lad up!

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I agree with Ashley. I've heard some people talk about overfeeding when you do a nighttime feed, but usually I just ignore what they're saying, because they are not the ones at home taking care of my son when he legitimately is hungry before he goes to bed. If he slept longer while you were doing that and didn't have any spit-up issues while sleeping, then I say keep doing it. It seems to be his way of preparing for that longer stretch of sleep that he's about to get. You'll both be a lot more sane if you just ignore whoever said that and do what works for you two. =)

Ashley - posted on 09/06/2009

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as long as he is keeping the formula down you are not over feeding him. my 2 month old drinks 6 oz bottles. i may be told that i am over feeding him but he drains the bottles and keeps them down. at night he will sleep for 6-61/2 hrs. i have always fed my boys when they seemed hungry, even if it was 2 hrs after they just ate.

Melony - posted on 09/06/2009

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Well I was opriginally feeding him more, until he passed out, then he would sleep for 5 hours. But someone told me not to do that becasue he is eating too much. I'm just confused and getting conflicting answers from different people.

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My son does something similar to this. He eats almost twice the amount of what he would normally eat in a 4 hour period between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m., then falls asleep around 9:30 or 10. We've realized that he's wanting to eat again so that he can sleep longer during the night. Since we started letting him eat when he seemed hungry instead of worrying about our schedule, he sleeps longer at night and is less grumpy when he wakes up hungry, which is now usually 3 or 4 a.m. instead of 3 hours after he goes to sleep. So have you tried just giving the formula and seeing how baby sleeps after that? If there's an issue with spitting up because that extra food results in overfeeding, you could try offering a bottle half the size of a normal feeding for your baby and see if that helps top him off and send him to sleep. In general though, I would say that if nothing consoles your baby except formula (pacifier, swaddling, gas drops, or gripe water), then he's just hungry, and worrying about keeping on a schedule is just freaking you both out, so relax a little and just let him eat.

Jamie - posted on 09/05/2009

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First off all babies have a time during the day where they are just crabby. My friends have a baby and they come over and I swear the second its 7:00 she starts getting fussy. She used to just scream but shes getting older.



Second, babies dont need water it has no nutritional value. If your going to give her something just give her more formula. I dont quite understand how that is a problem. You dont have to feed on a schedule, I didnt, I fed on demand. Im not hungry the same time everyday and dont eat the same amount of food at every meal so to me scheduled feeds didnt seem right.

Lucy - posted on 09/05/2009

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I don't know much about wether to offer water to a formula fed baby as i breast fee but I would say that if you do decide to give water DO NOT add sugar to it! That's incredibly bad for the babies gums and developing teeth and will create a habit for wanting sweet things. Like Ashley said if the fussiness is at the same time every evening could it be colic? My daughter used to have a really fussy hour and it was tummy pains, try gripe water, swaddling and holding your baby close and bouncing or swaying. Colic pains disappear as the baby matures, usualy by 12 weeks, however Amelia stopped around 8 weeks.

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