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Newborns and water

Are you supose to give a 2 1/2 month old water. Like in between feedings? If you are how much should I give him?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:33 PM on Jul. 28, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • NO! Newborns need breastmilk or formula. They get all the hydration they need from those sources. Water can cause their systems to get out of whack very easily!
    psugal

    Answer by psugal at 4:36 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • That is what I thought but one of my friends asked me if I was giving him water. I told her no and she said that I should. to my knowledge babies shouldnt get anything but formula or breast meil till about 4-6 months and then you start with rice cereal
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:40 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Water is not needed at all. ONLY breastmilk or formula.
    Kristinmomof2

    Answer by Kristinmomof2 at 4:46 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • It's because their organs aren't developed enough to handle water. Same reason why you don't give cow milk till around age one. They should get breast or formula till at least age one if not longer. Water can be given around 6 months or so but not necessary.
    DirtyMonkey

    Answer by DirtyMonkey at 5:14 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Newborns are vulnerable to getting water intoxication - a very serious condition in which interferes with brain function and can be fatal. This link has some more information - it's addressed to a question someone else had about diluting formula. I'd assume that if diluting formula can cause a problem, then giving straight water is probably worse.

    http://chemistry.about.com/b/2006/01/17/water-intoxication-babies.htm

    If your baby is hungry between feedings, don't feel bad about offering more formula/breast milk. Babies go through a lot of growth spurts and their appetites can change and be unpredictable. Plus, their little tummies are only big enough to comfortably hold 4 or 5 ounces (not the 8 we try to push sometimes) without having lots of spitup problems.
    MamaSueCongdon

    Answer by MamaSueCongdon at 5:46 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • The doc said if they have really bad constipation I can put a couple of extra tea spoons in one or two bottles of formula that day, but thats it.
    katzmeow726

    Answer by katzmeow726 at 6:33 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • NO!
    jus1jess

    Answer by jus1jess at 7:36 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Hell No!!!!! Giving infants, particularly newborns, water is DANGEROUS.

    Also, it is not necessary to give cereal; it has little nutritional value. BM and formula contain all necessary nutrition for the first year.

    My children started hand feeding soft fruits and veggies at around 8months.
    happytexasCM

    Answer by happytexasCM at 8:29 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Hell No!!!!! Giving newborns water can be dangerous.

    Also, it is not necessary to give cereal; it has little nutritional value. BM and formula contain all necessary nutrition for the first year.

    My children started hand feeding soft fruits and veggies at around 8months.
    happytexasCM

    Answer by happytexasCM at 8:30 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • i gave my son water from 3m , it helped his bowel movement

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:13 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

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