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When can I start giving my baby water to drink?

When can I start giving my baby water to drink?

6 months: Younger babies normally do not drink water. They just drink breast milk or formula when they get thirsty. Water is a thinner liquid than milk, so babies sometimes have trouble drinking water (but they drink milk just fine). With older babies that are already on solid foods, they can try a bit of water sometimes during mealtimes. ...Read more

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Why does young babies water (for formula) have to be boiled first and they can't just drink straight from the tap?

Why does young babies water (for formula) have to be boiled first and they can't just drink straight from the tap?

Depends on source: In most municipalities with approved water supplies, this is not needed. When the water comes from untested well or surface systems, it may be tainted with germs or parasites, which could cause a deadly dysentery and dehydration in a vulnerable infant. ...Read more

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At what age can an infant start drinking water and how much? For example, if the child is sick, can you given them only pedialyte?

At what age can an infant start drinking water and how much? For example, if the child is sick, can you given them only pedialyte?

See below: Pedialyte is only recommended for a child with vomiting and diarrhea. Discuss the addition of water with your child's provider. There is usually no indication to give just plain water. ...Read more

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How about gripe waters for reflux and gas issues for babies? How about mom drinking tea w/ chamomile, fennel , and ginger? What probiotics to use?

How about gripe waters for reflux and gas issues for babies?  How about mom drinking tea w/ chamomile, fennel , and ginger?  What probiotics to use?

Possibly helpful: As someone who practices integrative pediatrics, I do incorporate these remedies for colic/gas in babies. Gripe waters that contain small amounts of fennel and ginger are likely safe as are chamomile and fennel teas (for baby or mom - if baby is under 6m, don't give more than 1 oz 3x per day). Probiotics (bifidus, lactobacillus) have been shown to be safe and effective. ...Read more

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When can I start giving water to drink to a baby he is 3 months old now and he usually gets hickups and I use breast milk to help him from that?

When can I start giving water to drink to a baby  he is 3 months old now and he usually gets hickups and I use breast milk to help him from that?

not helpful: Infants have no need and derive no benefit from water supplements. Breast milk or formula is designed to provide for all of babies needs. Hiccoughs are driven by an electrical wave in the breathing muscle like a heartbeat and will fade when it decides to, supplements of milk or water have no direct benefit. ...Read more

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How much water should my 7 plus months baby drink everyday?

How much water should my 7 plus months baby drink everyday?

Usually unnecessary: Breast milk or formula is a balanced blend of fluid and nutrients that can supply babies nutritional needs for at least the first year. Supplemental water is usually unneeded but will not hurt in small amounts. As long as the kid wets every 6 hours extra fluids are unnecessary. ...Read more

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When do I stop sterilizing my baby's bottles and boiling water for baby to drink?

When do I stop sterilizing my baby's bottles and boiling water for baby to drink?

Rarely Need to Start: True sterilization is usually not done with the attendent need to wear protective gear, gloves, etc.In the old days and in 3rd world areas, this is still beneficial, but in our world, probably not needed. The only exception I am aware of, is the use of well or bottled water where boiing the water should take of any bacterial contamination. ...Read more

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