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Can my 4 mo. old drink water yet?

Today it was 110 degrees outside and I want to give my baby water to make sure he doesn't get fussy. Is it safe yet?

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Asked by S0CalM0mma0503 at 9:17 PM on Sep. 27, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Ask your ped. Babies that age should only drink breast milk or formula.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • everyone says you shouldn't til they're like a year old.. but IMO i don't see where it would hurt them.. i gave both my kids water at a young age.. they loved it!

    Answer by proudmommy690 at 9:19 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • I was told at 5 months but if I lived where you are then I would be giving small amounts of water..

    Answer by mommytobrooke at 9:20 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • no. You can start in real small amounts at 6 months

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:22 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • no babies that age just need formula or breastmilk. i just went ot my pediatrician with my six month old and i have a severn yr old son i did the same with. no milk til a year either OR strawberries ro orange juice or chocolate as due to severe allergic rashes they could develop. NO honey til one year for safety--it contains weird germs that can be fatal for infants. also no shellfish or peanut butter til 3 years oldm, due to the development of severe allergies if not able to digest these complex proteins at too early an age liek an infant.

    Answer by silverelf at 9:24 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • My kids' pediatrician sadi they could drink water besides breast milk or formula, not in place of breast milk.etc.
    If they are getting their usual feedings and you feel the heat might make them dehydrated, then a few ounces of purified water would be a good thing. Water never hurt anyone.

    Answer by gertie41 at 9:33 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Water is fine, in small amounts. Make sure it is bottled water, though, and remember they are hydrated well through breastmilk or formula. They don't recommend giving water to a baby that young because it isn't necessary. There is water in what they eat anyway. If it were me, though, I would give a little if it were really hot.

    Answer by momof3josephs at 9:45 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • I would not give anything besides breast milk or formula. They both contain all the water a baby needs. I would not offer it until the baby was on solids, and then I would offer a little bit in a cup at the same time as a solid feeding.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 11:18 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Never heard that you can't give a baby water! REALLY????

    Answer by NicolesMommy at 1:23 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • NicolesMommy, google water intoxication.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:35 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

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