When to Give Baby Water


What a difference a couple of weeks make! You most likely feel more like a seasoned pro than a fumbling first-timer. You can burp your baby with the best of them, and feedings aren’t as filled with anxiety as they were simply a mere month back. And you have actually probably likewise gotten pretty proficient at overlooking all the (unwelcome) baby recommendations of complete strangers (or loved ones!) that you don’t need (with a smile, of course). Despite your newfound confidence (at least on your excellent days), it’s difficult not to fall victim to other people’s suggestions when you’re unsure of the information. So, if your mama or mother-in-law advises you to provide your infant extra water (” She’ll get dehydrated in the hot sun without it!”), and you’re not sure about the most recent suggestions on offering water to a baby, you may be tempted to provide it a shot. Here’s why you must turn away from the temptation: 

Breast milk or formula is enough for young babies. Despite what well-meaning family members might say, professionals now understand that up until your baby begins eating solid foods, babies get all the water they need from breast milk or formula. That’s right– both breast milk and/or formula will keep your baby plenty hydrated, even on steamy summer days when you might be questioning if you need to provide your little hottie a cool sip of water. The only exception to the rule about not giving water to a baby this age is if the baby is sick and is losing fluids due to diarrhea or vomiting. (However ask your pediatrician about this first.).

Providing water to a baby can actually damage her. Unless she’s extremely ill, a baby who pleases her cravings (and her have to suck) with bottles of water will miss out on the nutrition she needs from her feedings. If done routinely, this can cause weight reduction, and in the case of breast-fed babies, it can decrease your breast-milk supply. Giving water to a baby in huge amounts can even result in oral water intoxication, a condition in which the electrolytes (such as sodium) in a baby’s blood stream become diluted, preventing regular bodily functions and causing dangerous issues such as low body temperature or seizures.

Just state no to juice too. Not just will it fill your infant’s small belly (leaving no space for milk), however likewise the sugar in juice can cause stomach cramping and diarrhea in young babies.

When can you start giving water to a baby, then? Many professionals suggest that you wait until you have actually begun feeding solids to your baby, when she’s between 4 and 6 months old. At that point, you can talk with your pediatrician about how much WATER to dish out to your little one. As for juice, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you hold off up until your baby is 6 months old, and then, that you restrict the amount to 4 ounces a day. Making sure you do not overdo it on juice (which you do not decay your kid’s few teeth), weaken it with water (half-and-half anybody?), and prevent offering the sweet things to your sweetie right prior to bed. But for now, though, just stick with breast milk or formula.


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