can give water to 4 month premature child

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/03/2015

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Nowhere, Ms. Hazelton, did I imply that YOU give your kids sugary drinks.

However, someone's pediatrician told them to introduce water early so that " it helps get them comfortable drinking something beside breast milk or formula so that "when it is time to take them off of those you will not need to give them sweet drinks to keep them from dehydrating"~~In THAT case, with the doc stating that...I'd at that point say "I won't ever need to give them sweet drinks, because when it comes time to transition, I will introduce water".

Not criticizing a parent there, but a physician, who should know better.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/03/2015

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Babies under the age of 6 months need no other fluids than breastmilk or formula. SOME babies may (if digestion issues exist, and a team of doctors concur) begin to take in an ounce or two of water after 5-6 months, and that's generally for those who are formula babies, as formula tends to cause more constipation than breastmilk.

American pediatric guidelines are here: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Sharing...

Pretty straightforward. Unless your kid has major issues, water before 6 months is not necessary.

As far as one poster's pediatrician suggesting introducing huge amounts of water as a solution to getting them away from sugary drinks...Here's a thought: When your kid IS old enough for extra hydration, DON'T INTRODUCE sugary drinks! Introduce water. It works well. Neither of my kids are much on the 'sweeter' juices, etc, because...you guessed it...they grew up on good old water once they were over 6 -8 months

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Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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I know I said that my previous post on this was going to be my last but being the poster's whose pediatrician suggested giving water I had to respond because it was said "DON"T INTRODUCE sugary drinks" as if my girls drink only sugary drinks. They don't drink sugary drinks, they won't even drink chocolate milk even though they think they want it. Their drinks consist of milk, they go through 4-5 gallons a week, and water except on special occasions.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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My last post on this conversation is going to be this; ask your pediatrician about anything that concerns you; go with your motherly instincts and if you're not sure look it up but above all love your children and do what you think is best for them.

Thanks Dove it's been informative and yes I am being serious.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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OK so you are saying that she should rely on a website forum instead of asking a medical professional who knows her baby. I would rather rely on the medical professional for something like this because I don't think a pediatrician is going to give misinformation that would cause a baby to die.

Dove, you seem to have answers for everything. I am not trying to be rude or offend you or anyone else but what is your area of expertise? Yes I have answers to some things but most of my answers either came from Child Development and Family Relations background, my work experience, and my own children. Like I said if I don't know I will offer my opinion and advice them to contact the doctor.

You are right about one thing I am very lucky. I have a wonderful and 2 happy and healthy little girls that have never had anything other than a common cold, one had a sinus infection and one had an ear infection. I am blessed.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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I went back and checked in my baby books and I misspoke, My daughters were about 5 months old when the PEDIATRICIAN told me to begin giving water. My mistake but that being said I did say to check with your doctor because I am not nor did claim to be a medical person. The water will help prevent constipation when you begin solid foods that I do know. When I am replying to questions/post one here I always say "check with your doctor" if it is anything medical or health related because I believe that is the best thing to do. I don't know about other pediatricians but ours actually has a nice that is there simply to answer questions if you call. I have used it many times in the past 4 years, there is no shame in not knowing something and needing to ask a professional.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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I was only telling what our pediatrician said about giving water. I probably should have stated previously why they say to give 4-6 ounces of water a day because I did ask. I was told that it helps get them comfortable drinking something beside breast milk or formula so that when it is time to take them off of those you will not need to give them sweet drinks to keep them from dehydrating.

Jodi - posted on 03/03/2015

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I believe Michelle was referring to drinks. But no-one should need to give an infant water if they are receiving enough formula or breastmilk.

Chana - posted on 03/03/2015

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My daughters are 4 and 2 and our pediatrician told me to give that 4-6 ounces of water a day after their 2 month check-up. Neither of them were premature so I don't know if that makes a difference. Check with your doctor that is the best thing to do. I hope Michelle meant only breast milk or formula to drink before 12 months because most pediatrician now tell you to begin feeding food, jarred baby food, homemade baby food or just ground up or smashed up table food, around 6 months unless there is a medical reason not to do so.

Jodi - posted on 03/03/2015

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You shouldn't need to give water to an infant. If your baby is thirsty, breastmilk or formula. They have a high water content in them anyway. But giving your baby water on its own puts your infant at risk of water intoxication.

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