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is it good to give newborn a little water between feedings?

my baby is 3 weeks old and I think she maybe a little dehydrated sometimes between feedings and I give her couple of spoons of water


Asked by newmomnoclue at 5:51 PM on Oct. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No. All a baby's hydration needs should be met with breastmilk or formula.

    The way to tell if a baby is dehydrated is to check fluids: Is she producing a normal amount of wet/dirty diapers (6-8 per day)? Is she producing tears when she cries? Is the soft spot on top of her head normal and not sunken? Do the inside of her cheeks feel sufficiently wet? If the answer to these questions is yes, then she's fine. Otherwise, call the doctor. If she is dehydrated, but not severely, then you just need to increase fluid in take in the form of more formula or breastmilk. If she needs more than that, then the only option is IV fluids at the hospital. But I bet she's fine. :)

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 11:34 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Why do you think she would be dehydrated?? and No, its not good.

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 5:52 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • No, absolutely not. If you think she's thirsty, then feed her. Human milk or formula are both food and beverage at this age.

    Additional water can cause water intoxication, seizures and if severe enough, death.

    Answer by LeanneC at 6:05 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • There is such a thing as too much water. It can dilute the blood and kill someone. This can happen very quickly in very young babies. Please do not give your infant water unless specifically told to by your doctor for a medical reason.

    Answer by layh41407 at 6:05 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • No, it's not the best idea. Breast milk and formula contain all the water an infant needs. I would introduce water, in a cup, (with solid meals) around the time that I introduced solids. Google water intoxication. That should explain a bit better.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 5:56 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • No. newborns do not need any water. just make sure she is getting enough breastmilk and/or formula.

    Answer by Kword at 6:47 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • No... why would you think she is dehydrated? If she needs something between feedings... feed her some more!

    Answer by AmiJanell at 7:32 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • No stick with the formula. Why do you think she's dehydrated? Just make her another bottle.

    Answer by Iluvmy5 at 5:52 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • no not at all

    Answer by anxious1stimer at 5:52 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Nope not good. Its empty calories and takes up belly space that can be used for important vitamins and calories your baby needs right now.

    She gets all the fluids she needs from the formula!

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 5:54 PM on Oct. 19, 2010