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Question about giving baby water? Whitney 2008 Due July 23; 1 child; Texas 3137 posts
19th Nov '08

Maybe yall can help me out. My MIL and My parents all said that when we were babies they would give us water in between bottles if we got thirsty. Well when I asked my Baby's doctor he said NOT to give my daughter water because it does nothing for her. I dont know if thats HIS preference as a doctor or if you really shouldnt give babies water (we are also switching pediatricions due to other issues with him). Sometimes my daughter (3 1/2 months) acts like she is so thirsty, like her mouth is dry, but I dont know what to give her, if anything.



So what do yall do? Just trying to figure out what other mommies do!

WeenieMachine 3 kids; Japan 27915 posts
19th Nov '08

No, you don't give babies water. It will fill her up between feedings and make it so she doesn't want her bottles and she won't get enough calories. Just because our parents did it doesn't make it right!

MamaCass{+JOE} 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Pennsylvania 42355 posts
19th Nov '08

Your pedi is right. Babies don't need water.
It's empty calories. If she acts like she's thirty/hungry then she need formula or breast milk.

Water is fine for older babies (over 9 months), but even then it should be limited.

Jayme S. Due August 31; 1 child; Texas 5409 posts
19th Nov '08

I give my son water... but it should never be used to replace formula. As long as you make sure that she is getting the required amount of formula every day, then she should be fine.

Sometimes my son just needs a sip of something and then he is fine.

Also he has AR and sometimes it helps his burning throat.

DivasMomma 18 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 8238 posts
19th Nov '08

i used to only give my daughter water that young if she were constipated. Babies dont do much of anything to get thirsty IMO...could it be possible she is just hungry? shes at the age where she is going to growing like a weed and her appetite will increase a ton!! Your mommy tho, so its up too you of course

♥my|JERKS| 3 kids; Pennsylvania 18084 posts
19th Nov '08

you do not need to give her water, there is enough water in the formula. The only time a little water may be needed is during the summer months to prevent dehydration.Other than that, no.

Destinite TTC since May 2011; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Florida 30892 posts
19th Nov '08

No, there is no need to give a baby water unless the child is constipated & needs help going. In that case 1-2 ozs. is all.
As long as the child is having 5+ wet diapers per day then the child is not dehydrated.

Queen Rosa 3 kids; Sarasota, Florida 4793 posts
19th Nov '08

Waters in breastmilk or formula tons of it no need for water

Whitney 2008 Due July 23; 1 child; Texas 3137 posts
19th Nov '08
Quoting Julia is my ♥:
***Steff*** 2 kids; New Mexico 2985 posts
19th Nov '08

you don't give a baby water...unless they are constipated...it can damage their kidneys if you give them too much water...and if she is "acting" thirsty inbetween feeding maybe she isn't getting enough to eat and is starting to want more....

Mrs. Skellington 3 kids; Saint Louis, Missouri 15088 posts
19th Nov '08

No water. Babies die of water poisoning with much less water than adults. What happens is that the water thins the blood to the point that there isnt enough blood cells circulation and it deprives the organs of oxygen.

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6465 posts
19th Nov '08
Quoting DivasMomma:
***Steff*** 2 kids; New Mexico 2985 posts
19th Nov '08
Quoting alee2790:
Whitney 2008 Due July 23; 1 child; Texas 3137 posts
19th Nov '08

Thanks everyone! Yall were a great help. I guess when she acts thirtsy I will just make her 2 oz of formula (since she will only take a few sips) that ways she isnt waisting a whole bottle.



Yall are the best!

Whitney 2008 Due July 23; 1 child; Texas 3137 posts
19th Nov '08

Sorry double post!