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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why does young babies water (for formula) have to be boiled first and they can't just drink straight from the tap?
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?
35wks pregers and morning sickness has kicking butt.. marijuana has seem to be helping.. will drinking a lot of water help it flush the babies system.
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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