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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 10:42 AM   1
daisy777
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when can babies have boiled water? x


my mil keeps pressuring me into giving my baby water, which i won't be doing as i really don't think he needs it!
hes only 4 months and im pretty sure i read somewhere about water been bad before 6 months. is this true, and when can babies have boiled water?
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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 10:45 AM   2
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I'm not sure, but I went to pick Connor up from seeing MIL, and she'd given him a bit of water, which I wasn't happy about



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 10:48 AM   3
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i give it to Chloe and have for a couple of weeks but only about an oz at a time when she's constipated



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 10:50 AM   4
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Babies don't need water as they get all they need from formula and breastmilk. The only time you need/should give a baby water is if they are constipated or during hot weather. I just started offering LO water in a sippy cup with meals. The only reason I have done that is to get her used to drinking from a sippy cup. She has no clue what to do with it



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 10:58 AM   5
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Babies don't need water as they get all they need from formula and breastmilk. The only time you need/should give a baby water is if they are constipated or during hot weather. I just started offering LO water in a sippy cup with meals. The only reason I have done that is to get her used to drinking from a sippy cup. She has no clue what to do with it
Exactly this



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 11:55 AM   6
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Babies may get all the nutrients they need from their milk, but sometimes that isn't enough to keep them healthy. My LO is formula fed, but is prone to constipation, which can only be caused by the formula, because it was before we were weaning that it happened, and that's all she was eating.

Cooled boiled water is perfectly safe for a baby to drink, no matter what age, it's just down to whether you choose to give it or not. You don't need to give it, but a few ounces can certainly help if your LO is constipated, or if you live in a hotter climate (I live in the Med), it can help keep your LO hydrated if they're sweating a lot.



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 12:04 PM   7
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Yes, it's safe if your baby does need it, but if they don't need it then don't worry about it.

You can cause water intoxication by giving too much water, which happened to my MIL and her first child back in the 70's. Back then the hospital staff insisited that all newborns needed to drink a lot of water, goodness knows why. Her son got very ill.

BUT - if it's super hot, your baby is sweating and getting dehydrated, a bit of cooled boiled water is fine at any age.



 
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