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Melissa - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 187 moms have responded )

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Is Okay To Give My 4 Month Old Daughter Water In Her Bottler Every Once In Awhile?

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Lisa - posted on 04/17/2010

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Definitely NOT!!!!!!!!!!!! You can cause water intoxication and cause her to have seizures and die. A sip here and there may be ok, but it is not recommended by the new standards. Some people are trying to stretch the formula because it is so expensive and studies have shown it is harmful for the baby. So much brain development is going on in that first year. Just give the baby breast milk or formula. Don't listen to grandma... Don't give whole milk, or any kind of cow's millk until the child is over 1 yr old. And PLEASE, everyone...lay the baby on it's back to sleep, in it's own bed!!!!! Thank you.

Gretel - posted on 04/18/2010

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According to my pediatrician (and uncle) it is better not to. Babies get the water they need through mothers milk. And if you are nursing, keep in mind that your babys stomach is really small. If you give her water, hes belly will be full, without the nutrients he needs. And he´ll drink less milk... if he drinks less from you you´ll produce less milk (the ammount of milk production depends on how much your baby drinks). Doctors advice to feed Babies only with mothersmilk (or formula, if you cannot breastfeed) for the first 6 months.

Shalanda - posted on 04/17/2010

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I am in the health care field. No. If you are breastfeeding or using formula the baby is getting what she needs. Also giving formula and water can cause water intoxication.

Donna - posted on 04/17/2010

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She doesn't need water. She will get all she needs from being fed. The water will make her less hungry and will cut down on how much she takes in at feedings.

Firebird - posted on 04/14/2010

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"your baby should be getting at least 8 ounces of water every day." "Yes, babies need water just as much as you do" That is incredibly dangerous advice! http://www.associatedcontent.com/article... Read about water intoxication in babies. They do not need water! A few sips if it's hot out will not really hurt them but if you are not careful you can poison your baby!

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Lisa - posted on 04/18/2010

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I read someones cooment about not giving water to breastfeed babies. My son is breastfeed and 15months old. He has had water since he was about 3 months. It did not over fill him and the doctor recommended it.

Nichole - posted on 04/18/2010

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my pediatrican said its fine to start giving water at 4months but no more than 2 oz a day

Margaret - posted on 04/18/2010

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At that young age she needs nutrition. If she is getting formula, then the right amount of water is in there. But if she is overweight you should ask your doctor. Sometimes the water might temporarily fill her up and she won't be hungry at the normal feeding and then suffer nutritionally.

Margaret - posted on 04/18/2010

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At that young age she needs nutrition. If she is getting formula, then the right amount of water is in there. But if she is overweight you should ask your doctor. Sometimes the water might temporarily fill her up and she won't be hungry at the normal feeding and then suffer nutritionally.

Michelle - posted on 04/18/2010

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Hi Melissa



Being a mother of 5 girls i would higly recommend a littlt water each day.i started of giving my girls about 10mls a day,now there teenages yes,they have a bottle of water a day. it dose them no harm and it cleans there mouth and quenches there thirst.

Ivy - posted on 04/18/2010

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Wow! Some really strong conflicting opinions. No wonder mothers have a hard time believing what is right for their child.



My midwives, nurses, doctors and health visitors all told me to give my baby a couple of sips of cool boiled water in between feeds. My daughter wouldn't take water till she was 2 months old. She was given pumped breast milk until 3 months, then she went to breast feeding. Her choice as I tried to breast feed from the beginning, but she wasn't having it.



Each child is different, you can offer water, but if your baby doesn't take it, then obviously doesn't need it. My midwife said if I gave my daughter formula, then she would need water in between as formula constipates most babies as it doesn't have enough water in it to keep babies hydrated. Juice is not recommended till 1 and then watered down, but it can be given no earlier than 6 months.



I gave my daughter water and fennel tea (to help with teething) from 2 months and 5 months. I would have offered fennel tea when she started teething at 3 months but I didn't find out about it till she was 5 months old. Fennel tea is calming and does not have caffeine in it. My daughter loves her water and fennel tea. She is 13 months old and she is still breastfed everyday, twice a day plus the water/fennel tea. I use to offer it to her, but now she asks for her drink.



You will learn when your child is thristy and when your child is hungry. I offered breastmilk first, but when my daughter wasn't hungry, she would turn her head away. If I offered her a bottle of cool boiled water, she would take a drink. If your baby starts drinking the water excessively fast, then your baby might be hungry. Or your baby may be extremely thristy, but you should pull the bottle away and offer it a bit but only let a few sips as you don't want to overload your baby with water.



Yes it is possible for each person to drink too much water and cause serious damage. But a few sips of water here and there won't hurt as long as you are replacing it for food.

Lucy - posted on 04/18/2010

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I gave it to my daughter who was born during a very hot summer, it was a good habit to get into as at 5 she will still choose water over juice! Boil & let it cool and it should be fine. It never took away from her feed and it also helped her 'movements' which was something we struggled with.

Ivy - posted on 04/18/2010

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Wow! Some really strong conflicting opinions. No wonder mothers have a hard time believing what is right for their child.



My midwives, nurses, doctors and health visitors all told me to give my baby a couple of sips of cool boiled water in between feeds. My daughter wouldn't take water till she was 2 months old. She was given pumped breast milk until 3 months, then she went to breast feeding. Her choice as I tried to breast feed from the beginning, but she wasn't having it.



Each child is different, you can offer water, but if your baby doesn't take it, then obviously doesn't need it. My midwife said if I gave my daughter formula, then she would need water in between as formula constipates most babies as it doesn't have enough water in it to keep babies hydrated. Juice is not recommended till 1 and then watered down, but it can be given no earlier than 6 months.



I gave my daughter water and fennel tea (to help with teething) from 2 months and 5 months. I would have offered fennel tea when she started teething at 3 months but I didn't find out about it till she was 5 months old. Fennel tea is calming and does not have caffeine in it. My daughter loves her water and fennel tea. She is 13 months old and she is still breastfed everyday, twice a day plus the water/fennel tea. I use to offer it to her, but now she asks for her drink.



You will learn when your child is thristy and when your child is hungry. I offered breastmilk first, but when my daughter wasn't hungry, she would turn her head away. If I offered her a bottle of cool boiled water, she would take a drink. If your baby starts drinking the water excessively fast, then your baby might be hungry. Or your baby may be extremely thristy, but you should pull the bottle away and offer it a bit but only let a few sips as you don't want to overload your baby with water.



Yes it is possible for each person to drink too much water and cause serious damage. But a few sips of water here and there won't hurt as long as you are replacing it for food.

Krystal - posted on 04/18/2010

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i have to add something, my son has diarrhoea and sickness (he caught it on wed at his play group but it took a few days to affect him), hes had no food since friday night and before he was having 4 6oz sippy cups of milk and 3 meals a day as well as snacks but hes lost his appetite, he will now only have 2-4 oz about 3-4 times a day since yesterday and he wont eat solids, i took him to the princess of wales hospital in ely, cambridgeshire ( UK) and a doctor gave him a check up, its an out of hours hospital as this was about 3 hours ago, and she told us that he has D+S and told me to keep offering his milk if he wants it but to make sure he has at least 7oz of water every 4 hours in a 24 hour period to stop him from dehydrating. she gave us some sachets of Electrolade-oral rehydration powder and told me to mix it with one of the 7oz of water(hes only allowed 1 sachet a day) and he has to drink it within those 4 hours. he has a temp of 38.7 and to try and keep him cool, if it gets to 40 he can have seizures. hes 11 1/2 months old. she could not stress enough that giving him lots of water is very important. hes very ill at the minute, hes very pale, very tired, he is very hot, he has a bad tummy and poos like every 10-15 mins. i am going with wat this doctor has told me bacause my son is quite ill and not eating much so i need to keep his fuid intake up so he doesnt get dehydrated.

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2010

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i had 2 children, did things different, give your child water, if your not overly keen, try watering down the bottle

Lisa - posted on 04/18/2010

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Yes, I gave my son water from about 3 months, by 9 months my son was drinking alot of water. And now at 15months he only drinks water and breastfeeds. He loves it.

Brookh - posted on 04/18/2010

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Sure! 80% of our body is water. Just make sure the water is not too cold, (our body wastes a lot of energy heating up cold water to be able to go through our system) and never use a microwave to heat it.

Heidi - posted on 04/18/2010

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No.



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Not before 6 months. At 6 months you can start giving your baby a cup of water to experiment with. But babies do not need to drink water 'to quench thirst' or 'for a little drink.' They get all the hydration they need from their breast milk or formula.



And juice is NOT good for babies except on those occasions approved by a physician to treat constipation in babies. It has too much sugar and virtually zero nutritional value.

Iridescent - posted on 04/18/2010

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But of course! SUGAR water has so much more nutrition than 100% juice. Why, it's chuck full of vitamins! So sorry I missed that. The point is that plain water causes water intoxication, and so does watered down formula. They also cause slow growth or failure to thrive if you give too much (by minor amounts). I can't believe how many people are willing to pour plain sugar down their kid's throat vs some juice for the few times it's appropriate.

Karen-Marie - posted on 04/18/2010

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I give my grandson a little bottled water every now and then. He's nearly 5 months old and was very sick so sugar water was given to him. Some doctors say yes, some say no~ there are varying schools of thought. All babies grow at their own rate and are individuals! I gave my daughter sugar water when she wouldn't eat twenty years ago. I believe it quenches the little one's thirst!

Andrea - posted on 04/18/2010

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I agree with Keri! Choosing not to give a baby water knowing the things that can happen is not paranoia...it is trying to protect our children. It's like smoking...everyone knows there is a possibility they can get cancer and some still choose to smoke while others stay away from it to protect themselves. Are the ones who choose not to smoke just being paranoid? No, they are being proactive!

Jean - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was told yes give baby water as long as it was cool boiled water, as they need a drink at times not always a feed, when you may have feed them only 1-2hours ago

Teena - posted on 04/18/2010

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By all means yes. Especially once their teeth pop through the gums. You then want to put baby down with a water bottle only (not milk/formula, not juice). Avoid tooth rot and decay by not letting them sleep with milk or juice.

Milk is good for us all once in a while :-)

Melanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Jeez, Keri, lighten up. Life's not so serious, really, you're getting very uptight over a little water, keep it real and hang in there, I promise if you relax a tad the anger will start to fade. Maybe being so paranoid isn't working too well for you.

Keri - posted on 04/18/2010

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Yes you are correct. I don't expect everyone to agree. But, I don't think calling people paranoid, making rude remarks about becoming a pediatrician, etc... is accepting other's viewpoints at all. I am finished with this silly little banter back and forth. You are welcome to judge as you wish.

Melanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Keri .... let's just set the record straight. I am pro-water, you are not. This is a discussion on the pros and cons. Having a different view point than yours in not aggression or flaming anybody. This is a public forum, not everybody is going to agree with your viewpoint, you must understand that.

Melanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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you could always just study to become a pediatrician and save yourself any worries for ALL the decision which will need to be made in future.

Keri - posted on 04/18/2010

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There are definitely more serious issues... than a few sips of water. I am sure that a sip here and there wouldn't hurt... it simply isn't necessary, and in some instances can be dangerous. Why risk it. However, as a mother whose child has had seizures (not from water intoxication, however)... a seizure is a very serious issue. Basic information from educated sources is not paranoia... it is using your brain and good judgement to care for those most important to you.

Keri - posted on 04/18/2010

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But... It is all the same... giving the baby too much water, in general. Whether in formula or water alone. The story about the formula was just one more reference as to why some people choose to just steer clear of water until the recommended age. And, yes there are different Dr.'s and healthcare professionals with different opinions... just as with anything. including immunizations. That is why it is up to us to study it out, speak with a professional, or two.... then make an educated decision.

Melanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Melissa, as you can see, feeding a little water once in a while all boils down to how paranoid a parent you choose to be......

My advise, there are going to be a few more serious issues which will arise in your child's life than serving up a little water.

Maria - posted on 04/18/2010

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All different health professionals have different answers. Some believe in immunisation, some don't for example. This isn't about watering down formula it is about offering water as well.

Keri - posted on 04/18/2010

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A bottle or two a day can be way too much water for a baby under six months. We aren't talking about older babies. The question was about a 4 month old. Sure, it isn't rocket science... but there is proven information. You can go to the link about water intoxication listed earlier on this post and see for yourself. It is using your brain to listen to proven fact. There was even a huge article in the news not long ago about a young girl who was watering down her baby's formula to make it go further. He almost died. She didn't know any better, she wasn't very educated and was just trying to care for baby, to the best of her ability. The article explained about how extra water can be dangerous for a young baby. I had a friend who is a very experienced Ped. nurse read through these posts... as I was so shocked at some of the answers. She was shocked too. I am thinking that it can be dangerous for any of us to make decisions for our children based on so many people's opinions. Mine included. We need to research from the proper resources and speak with a health care professional.

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it certainly wont hurt to do this it will help hydrate her on hot days but dont use this as a feed

Melanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Ok this just has to be said .... people PLEASE use your brain. The "rule of thumb for an infant not having water" is this is a GENERAL RULE OF THUMB to protect babies from those parents who don't think and would happily serve up river water to their infant or those that don't know about sterilising water through boiling and cooling. Another "let's think about this moment" is feeding your baby 5 litres of water a day is pretty dumb .... a bottle or two a day. C'mon, it's really not rocket-science.

Melanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Are you kidding me? Of course. Water is the foundation of everything we consume, breast milk included. Just make sure it's boiled and then cooled down again.

Meghan - posted on 04/18/2010

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water is empty calories to a small tummy! They don't need it, but if you really want to I would suggest asking your doc!

Hollie - posted on 04/17/2010

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NO! I was thinking about doing the same thing with my son. The results were really disturbing! They say not to for more then one reason but the top of the list would be..... it could cause seizures, it could also flush out the nutrients they have stored, and it can cause them to fell full so they dont feel like they need to it. I wouldnt recommend this!

Wendy - posted on 04/17/2010

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When my kids were babies, the doctor recommended a 4 oz bottle every so often. He also said I could put about a tablespoon of juice...like apple juice... in it for taste. My first child had trouble with bowel movements when he was first born, and the doctor didn't just say it was okay, he told me to give him a 4 oz bottle of water with a tablespoon or two of prune juice in it to help him. It worked, and both my kids have grown up to be very healthy.

Joey - posted on 04/17/2010

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All of my kids got water as babies, that's how they learned to use a cup, my little one now is 8 months old, breastfed and on solids, after her solid meal (lunch) she gets about 2 ounces of water, after dinner she gets 2 ounces of water mixed with juice. I never gave them water as a substitute. Only after meals or nursing, for example, if I'm getting ready to go out, I will nurse the baby, and she will get a cup of water while we are out, more for entertainment and it's never to replace nursing.

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I would say that it depends. For example, are you breast feeding? If you are breastfeeding, you shouldn't give your child water, bc she gets all the liquid he needs in your milk. If you gave her too much, she wouldn't feel hungry as often and this would affect your milk supply.

However, if you are formula feeding, I would think it's okay to give a little. I know the reason the doctors say not to is bc they get hydrated when they are drinking formula and it's better for them to 'fill up' on that, but if you just give a couple ounces I don't see a problem.

Denise - posted on 04/17/2010

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i say yes...my daughter is 6 months and i have been giving it to her since she was about 4 months...she does really well with it

Rochelle - posted on 04/17/2010

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My son is 8 months and I have always given him water. Sometimes he just gets thirsty. He is fine. I think water is good for him and my pediatrician says its ok.

Keri - posted on 04/17/2010

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Oops.... I meant to say "water intoxication"... I spelled that wrong! In case someone is looking it up. Sorry!

Keri - posted on 04/17/2010

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It is not a specific rare case... babies... under a certain age should not have water. Dr.s will tell you this. They can get water intoxification if they drink too much water. Their bodies can't absorb it properly, their digestive systems aren't developed enough at that point. My friend is a nurse and she has treated babies that have been given too much water. Some die. Trust your Dr. they have access to modern proven knowledge. I always gave my older babies a bit of water, once they were over a certain age. We drink mainly water at home. Even children and adults can get water toxification if they drink too much water too quickly. Kids used to play a game where they would spin the bottle and the person who was indicated had to drink a bottle of water. Kids have died playing games like this where they chug too much water, too quickly. People can get very sick and they reall can die. I read all about this years ago... so my memory is fuzzy... but it has something to do with cells carrying oxygen through the body. I think it isn't able to do so correctly when a person drinks far too much water. So... a person could accidentally over do it giving water to their baby... it just isn't worth the risk. Read up on this to see. Even if people say it is stupid to believe this.... as someone posted earlier... wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry? Best of luck. : )

Holly - posted on 04/17/2010

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Yes, an ounce or two will not hurt her. The doctors worry because some moms give their kids too much water so they don't get their nutrition and get sick

Theresia - posted on 04/17/2010

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Yes u can. I ussualy give a little water to rinse the residu of milk in her mouth. specially when your baby has teeth. Baby formula has a lot of sugar, it can damage the teeth. Don't over drink water, because your baby stomach will full n he won't drink the milk.

Amanda - posted on 04/16/2010

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Yep. :) I started out giving water to my youngest (6m) when she was only two months old because of constipation. You just want to be sure you do not give too much water or two problems can occur. One, baby fills up on water and skips milk feedings, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Two, too much water can cause water intoxication. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article...

As long as you keep those two things in mind and don't over do it, which you won't, you'll be fine.

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