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January 2016 Moms

Giving baby water

just curious what other paediatricians are saying to you about this? Ive read mixed reviews about giving baby some water especially in hot weather. My Lo is 8 weeks today and I asked my family dr (who I trust and has been mydr since I was a baby) and she said as long as its boiled water (not tap or bottled) its ok to give her a little bit as long as its not all the time and filing her up. She says they get thirsty as well. Any other opinions on this? 

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  • Ive been wondering about this as its been pretty warm here. We have our 2 month appointment next week and i plan to ask about this as well. For now, im trying to nurse more often, but not sure whats the best thing to do when I'm back at work in a few weeks and it'll probably be even warmer.
  • My dr said no water until at least 6 months and even then no more than 2oz in 24hrs
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  • My doctor said the same thing as @MissMheMhe 's doctor.
  • cali1710cali1710 member
    edited March 2016
    My dr said no more then 2oz as well but she said when its hot its ok. Being in canada she will be about 4 months when it gets really warm here so maybe she though thats what I meant. But I don't see the harm if its cooled bouled water and not in excess that its filling her up instead of actual formula. 

    My mom says she gave us water when we were babies and doesn't see the harm. My dr is pretty old school too. 


  • Please please please don't give your baby water until at least 6 months and even then minimal water. We were just discussing this in a breastfeeding group I'm in. A mom posted a PSA because she saw a baby in the ER with water intoxication. It can truly throw off their systems so fast. A mom commented saying she knew a baby who died from it, it is no joke. Breastmilk or formula only. 
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  • There's no reason to, if anything is going into their rapidly growing bodies it needs to have calories and fat (breastmilk or formula). The milk keeps them plenty hydrated.
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  • My baby was eating so much that the ped told me to give him 2 oz of nursery water. No more than 4 oz a day. Considering he is 91st percentile in weight, he's obviously not having any issues with it. I nurse and formula feed. There are points in time that he will eat 6 oz and want more. So 2 oz of water it is. He's never had diarrhea and is not malnourished. As long as baby is gaining weight in a healthy rate, there isn't an issue. She said this summer he will start sweating and will probably want to feed often because he's getting dehydrated. 
  • Btw, obviously this needs to be discussed with your ped because every baby is different. 
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  • No water until 6 months and even then it is not needed unless starting solids. The issue is not just that they will get full from it, 

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  • This thread makes me smile. For some reason my mother asked me about giving the baby water like 5 times. I thought it was a bit odd lol
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  • This thread makes me smile. For some reason my mother asked me about giving the baby water like 5 times. I thought it was a bit odd lol
    My mom does too. I never thought of it until she mentioned it. She said she always gave us water. 
  • I don't want to come across as totally rude but if my pediatrician told me to give my baby at this age water I would be finding a new Dr because they are not up to date on recommendations. Where as it can cause weight issues, the true concern is water intoxication which causes a change in their sodium and electrolytes causing kidney failure, seizures, and death. It's hard to know how much will cause those problems and it is entirely unnecessary so the recommendation is absolutely no water, may save you a little money but it just isn't worth the risk. It can become serious before you realize what is happening. Is an ounce here or there likely to be deadly? No, I doubt it. But regular water, or excessive water is definitely not a good plan. 
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  • It's not about saving money. It's about my son wanting to eat 12 oz of formula just because he is wanting something in his mouth that isn't a paci. Eating 12 oz every 4 hours isn't healthy either.  And she specifically said nursery water not to exceed 2 oz. 
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  • I don't want to come across as totally rude but if my pediatrician told me to give my baby at this age water I would be finding a new Dr because they are not up to date on recommendations. Where as it can cause weight issues, the true concern is water intoxication which causes a change in their sodium and electrolytes causing kidney failure, seizures, and death. It's hard to know how much will cause those problems and it is entirely unnecessary so the recommendation is absolutely no water, may save you a little money but it just isn't worth the risk. It can become serious before you realize what is happening. Is an ounce here or there likely to be deadly? No, I doubt it. But regular water, or excessive water is definitely not a good plan. 
    I agree. My baby is sick and my dr suggested I give her water for dehydration. My baby is only 5 weeks old! I found this suggestion completely appalling and literally found a new doctor the same day. Milk or formula is sufficient for hydration.  
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  • LOs pedi reccomended I gave him 1oz of juice (he was a little constipated) and I went to the store saw it was for 6months old babies and I decided even though the dr reccomended it I wasn't going to use it because I wasn comfortable with giving it to him yet. ( he was 8wks at the time) 

    what pedi tells you to do and what you do are two different things. 
    I've always heard after 6months (after their teeth start coming in) 
  • Your child's doctor has to take medical responsibility for them at the end of the day. Period. So whatever they tell you, they can be held accountable for. My DD2 doesn't get water because she isn't dehydrated and she gets plenty of fluids from her formula. We can argue all we like, but you also don't see this persons kiddo the same as their doctor. I am not a fan of the giving them water until 6 months old, but there are certain reasons why a doctor would say that. Anything by mouth is less invasive than an IV.

    Also juice for constipation is actually pretty common. Apple juice is one of the go to juices for kiddos, infants and older. Either you trust your kiddos doctor or you don't.

  • Your child's doctor has to take medical responsibility for them at the end of the day. Period. So whatever they tell you, they can be held accountable for. My DD2 doesn't get water because she isn't dehydrated and she gets plenty of fluids from her formula. We can argue all we like, but you also don't see this persons kiddo the same as their doctor. I am not a fan of the giving them water until 6 months old, but there are certain reasons why a doctor would say that. Anything by mouth is less invasive than an IV.

    Also juice for constipation is actually pretty common. Apple juice is one of the go to juices for kiddos, infants and older. Either you trust your kiddos doctor or you don't.
    Eeerrr I would never say 'let your Dr take responsibility....' if it's your child's health you gotta be a lot more proactive then just trusting and then having someone to blame if it goes wrong!

    I should hope you never want to come to time where you have someone who can take the responsibility for the wrong actions they advised!

    Each parent must do what they think is best for the child but If what your Dr is reccomending may have a risk to it then i should hope the parent looks into it before trusting the dr blindly.
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    Your child's doctor has to take medical responsibility for them at the end of the day. Period. So whatever they tell you, they can be held accountable for. My DD2 doesn't get water because she isn't dehydrated and she gets plenty of fluids from her formula. We can argue all we like, but you also don't see this persons kiddo the same as their doctor. I am not a fan of the giving them water until 6 months old, but there are certain reasons why a doctor would say that. Anything by mouth is less invasive than an IV.

    Also juice for constipation is actually pretty common. Apple juice is one of the go to juices for kiddos, infants and older. Either you trust your kiddos doctor or you don't.
    Eeerrr I would never say 'let your Dr take responsibility....' if it's your child's health you gotta be a lot more proactive then just trusting and then having someone to blame if it goes wrong!

    I should hope you never want to come to time where you have someone who can take the responsibility for the wrong actions they advised!

    Each parent must do what they think is best for the child but If what your Dr is reccomending may have a risk to it then i should hope the parent looks into it before trusting the dr blindly.
    No. You do not seem to understand that you can google a lot but it will never replace formal training that doctors receive. I'm a pediatric nurse. Either you trust your child's doctor or you don't. And I am talking about medical responsibility, not just responsibility as a parent. Whatever your child's doctor advises you to do, they are held legally accountable for. Parents haven't all gone to 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school and 4 years of residency with years of practice added on to that. 
    Thats like saying if my child had meningitis I should go doubt check everything. Either you trust your child's doctor or you don't. This is not an area where you should have to question their medical decisions because with children you don't have that kind of time when it comes to them being sick because they aren't on a longer time frame for things compared to adults.

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    edited March 2016
    nearlymum said:
    Your child's doctor has to take medical responsibility for them at the end of the day. Period. So whatever they tell you, they can be held accountable for. My DD2 doesn't get water because she isn't dehydrated and she gets plenty of fluids from her formula. We can argue all we like, but you also don't see this persons kiddo the same as their doctor. I am not a fan of the giving them water until 6 months old, but there are certain reasons why a doctor would say that. Anything by mouth is less invasive than an IV.

    Also juice for constipation is actually pretty common. Apple juice is one of the go to juices for kiddos, infants and older. Either you trust your kiddos doctor or you don't.
    Eeerrr I would never say 'let your Dr take responsibility....' if it's your child's health you gotta be a lot more proactive then just trusting and then having someone to blame if it goes wrong!

    I should hope you never want to come to time where you have someone who can take the responsibility for the wrong actions they advised!

    Each parent must do what they think is best for the child but If what your Dr is reccomending may have a risk to it then i should hope the parent looks into it before trusting the dr blindly.
    No. You do not seem to understand that you can google a lot but it will never replace formal training that doctors receive. I'm a pediatric nurse. Either you trust your child's doctor or you don't. And I am talking about medical responsibility, not just responsibility as a parent. Whatever your child's doctor advises you to do, they are held legally accountable for. Parents haven't all gone to 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school and 4 years of residency with years of practice added on to that. 
    Thats like saying if my child had meningitis I should go doubt check everything. Either you trust your child's doctor or you don't. This is not an area where you should have to question their medical decisions because with children you don't have that kind of time when it comes to them being sick because they aren't on a longer time frame for things compared to adults.
    I'm not trying to create an argument and im most definitely not putting down the level of experiance of drs - i definitely trust whatever my dr says healthwose whenever i take my child bc yes your correct he has studied this area and i have not. But when it comes to something that's controversial between Dr's too, I would definitely do my research.... Giving water Is not something you can compare to an illness like meningitis - it's not definitely dangerous - there is a CHANCE of danger which you agree and I personally would not want to blindly trust a Dr however many years of study or experience if there is chance that it could put my child in danger.... 

    Edited to add - this is something each Dr will say differently it's not to do with the formal training.
  • He only takes one pacifier and is only on low flow nipple. He just wants to eat all the time. And it's not daily. He gets water maybe twice a week when he gets that way. It's not often. I trust my ped completely. 
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  • He only takes one pacifier and is only on low flow nipple. He just wants to eat all the time. And it's not daily. He gets water maybe twice a week when he gets that way. It's not often. I trust my ped completely. 
    I can sympathize with this. We were having a similar problem with our daughter. Luckily, someone introduced us to paced feeding. Since she's eating slower, she fills up on less. (It takes us about 30 minutes to eat 4 ounces, and that's fine, because now she's not puking on us.) Think about it in adults--those who wolf down their food are hungry again after they eat, because the signal hasn't reached their brain that their stomachs are full. Same with a baby. When you pace feed, it's like taking a bite, putting your fork down, taking a breath, maybe wiping your mouth. Our LO is really frantic through the first ounce, and gets angry, but has started smiling around the nipple and really studying us while eating after that. It also helps us get her back to sleep at night, because it's so relaxed by the time we get to ounce 4.
    It sounds like you have a healthy baby, and you have to make the decisions for him and you. We were advised against water recently when LO had a high fever, but with formula feeding, we have a little leeway on upping her amount she eats (since I don't rely on my supply.) I wish you the best of luck!
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