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ive been giving my 4 mnth old juice

its hot here and hes been spitting up alot so i give him little bit of juice thru out the day to keep him hydrated is that ok?

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Asked by lowesjessica at 7:32 PM on May. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • he doesnt need juice. he needs water. give him water. ive been giving my son water right from the water bottle since around that age.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 7:34 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • Breastmilk (or formula) and a little bit of water.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:57 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • 2-4 oz of juice a day won't hurt him. However, it isn't necessary and might even give him the runs which can cause more dehydration. They get all the hydration they need from breast milk or formula, even in hot climates. The only reason you should be giving juice at that age is for constipation and only by doctor's orders. Then it is 100% fruit juice (prune or apple) and straight up watering it down. Once you start solid foods, you can start giving a little water of juice (watered down is fine) in relation to how much he eats (i.e. the more solids he eats, the more juice he can have). I think the max amount of juice you're supposed to give a toddler is 8 oz a day...

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 11:03 PM on May. 25, 2010

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    Stephen R. Daniels, pediatrician

    In general, it's not a good idea to give your baby water until he's about 6 months old. Until then, he'll get all the hydration he needs from breast milk or formula, even in hot weather.

    Giving a baby younger than 6 months old too much water can interfere with his body's ability to absorb the nutrients in breast milk or formula. It can also cause his tummy to feel full, which curbs his desire to feed. (While small sips of water probably won't hurt your baby, it's best to check with his doctor beforehand during those first six months.)

    In rare cases, a baby who drinks too much water can develop a condition known as water intoxication, which can cause seizures and even a coma. Water intoxication happens when too much water dilutes the concentration of sodium in the body, upsetting the electrolyte balance and causing tissues to swell.


    Answer by first-one at 12:11 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • It's not necessary, It's not something I would do, but you're already doing it.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:07 PM on May. 26, 2010

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