Drinking water is bad for babies???

By Toni
@toniganzon (37300)
Philippines
June 7, 2012 6:44am CST
For some of my close friends here, you know about my brother in law impregnating a woman and got married and that new sister in law is not to my liking at all. Anyway she gave birth to the baby last March. I was surprised that my BIL complained that the baby who was just a few weeks old then was suffering from constipation. So i asked my BIL if they're giving the baby some water after drinking his milk and he said no. So i told his wife that according to my pediatrician the baby should be given water after drinking his milk to clean his tongue and also to avoid constipation. To my surprise she told me that her cousin who's an intern pediatrics told her not to give her baby water as it would take away the nutrients from the baby's body! This is the first time i've heard of i! And i think that was really wrong. Please educate me on this if you think that she's right! Because i couldn't believe what her cousin told her at all.
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15 responses
• United States
7 Jun 12
Not every person is the same, so it stands to reason that every baby is not the same. I know for a fact that well water is not recommended for any baby, even when you are using it to mix with the powder formula. On the other hand, babies with a higher immune system can drink well water without getting sick, but why chance it and find out whether or not your baby is one of the ones with a higher immune system? Similarly, babies have different nutritional needs. Some babies are underweight, so they need more calories just to keep their bodies functioning properly. These babies definitely should not have water, because water has no calories - everything that they drink needs to have calories to help them maintain their body weight, and formula has plenty of liquid to keep them hydrated. The best thing to do is listen to the pediatrician, because he or she knows the specific needs of each child, and it is his or her job to recommend things to keep that child healthy.
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@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
The intern pedia was her cousin and she was not licensed. I think the baby still needed water because the baby already constipated.
• United States
8 Jun 12
If the person she was listening to was not licensed and did not know the specific health needs of the baby, then I can understand you getting upset. It is always best to consult a pediatrician and get an informed opinion about what the baby does and does not need.
@SinfulRose (3419)
• Davao, Philippines
7 Jun 12
That's the most stupid advice I've ever heard. Any human--child or adult--needs water. The same goes for animals and plants. So why is a human child deprived of water? Even a mother's milk is liquid, that is NOT water. 75% of the human body is composed of water and every now and then, we need to refill that. Take that out and you'll get a dried up husk. The baby will have some difficulty in excreting his/her toxins in the near future is this continues as water allows for a very good digestion. The baby experiencing constipation now is due to lack of water. The same happened to me, that I can tell you with all honesty and now I am trying to drink water more than 8 glasses a day if I can to maintain my digestion. I hope this helps!
@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
Had the same reaction as you when i heard it but couldn't tell it to her face. She's a nurse and she believed her cousin who's not even a licensed pediatrician yet? She's so stupid for believing that kind of reasoning. I told my husband about it and we both think she's really stupid and we feel sorry for the baby.
• Davao, Philippines
8 Jun 12
I want to save that baby from the pain. Are you sure you can't advice the mother to let her kid drink some water? I feel terrible that I can't help much in situations like that. I hope the baby will be fine soon!
@viji_v2 (727)
• India
11 Jun 12
That is so different. I hear it for the first time. I wonder how come few doctors started to think like that and advice the patients. Water is not bad for health. It is a media which our body needed irrespective of age. May be she would have misinterpreted what that doctor said.
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@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
The doctor is her cousin who's not even a licensed pediatrician yet.
• United States
8 Jun 12
you must know my Baby Momma then! I promise this sounds like something she would say! But yeah, i have a new born and i also heard that you shouldnt give them water. But me bein me, i felt that made NO sense at all because what harm can water do. Everyone needs it. So i asked several people and the only thing i heard not to do, was to give it to them cold so they wont get a brain freeze cuz they dont know to stop drinking it when they get started. But the part about giving them water after milk, i heard that also.
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@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
We only give water to my baby after feeding because he was on formula. It was only a small amount of water to clean his tongue.
• Pamplona, Spain
8 Jun 12
Hiya toni, Have always given my Sons water after having their milk I have never done otherwise. No one told me what to do I just gave them plain fresh water no fruit juices or baby juices that they sell in the Chemists none of that. Mine have grown up healthy too so I don´t think its wrong to give babies water of course not too much water either. I suppose each one of us has their own ideas and stick to them whether or not.xxx
@sasalove (1710)
• China
8 Jun 12
I never heard that water could take away the nutrients from baby, but I heard that if we sweat a lot, the sweat would take away the some of the nutrients from the inside body. But that does mean that we need to avoid the water or less the water to make it. I don't agree these action, not to say that the baby has the constipation. I think you could persuade your brother in law to change his mind on this. If his baby got the constipation, better go to the legitimate hospital. I think the pediatrics will give him the professional advice.
@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
She finally gave water to the baby and now the baby's fine.
7 Jun 12
Water is really important to us especially on babies. Water is only bad for a baby when it is contaminated, she/he will get a diarrhea or other infections. Just be sure to give her a sterilized water.
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@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
We always give distilled water to our babies.
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@SIMPLYD (72919)
• Philippines
7 Jun 12
Oh my Toni, i think your SIL is just trying to contradict you, so she said that. As any doctor will say , drink lots of water, specially that it's good for our metabolism . So, it also true for a baby. Now, the baby is constipating because of that misconception.
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@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
That's why me and my husband feel sorry for the baby. She's a nurse, she should know better.
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
7 Jun 12
I also just heard about this now. I also give my son, 3 tablespoons of water, after drinking milk. And so far no problems. My parents said, giving water, it can be to clean the baby's mouth, and tongue.
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@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
Exactly what i did to my son when he was a baby. And that was my pedia's advice too. And she's a nurse. I mean she should know better than me in taking care of a baby and knowing what's good for the baby or not. But she's just stupid.
@MandaLee (3698)
• United States
7 Jun 12
Dear Toni, I think the intern in pediatrics is mistaken. For my entire life, I have heard that water is good for everyone, including babies. I hope you are well. Have a great day!
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@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
I think so too and my sister-in-law is a nurse! So i don't know what kind of reasoning is that. My pedia told me clearly it's better for babies to drink water to cleanse their mouth since they're unable to brush their mouth yet. And milk formula is too sweet sometimes they need to clean their mouth by drinking water. And to avoid constipation of course.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
7 Jun 12
She really needs to get her facts straight otherwise she'll be in more trouble. I think it is just common sense, seriously. If I'm wrong then I would be glad to be corrected.
@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
Would you believe if i tell you she's a nurse and yet so stupid? I'm a mother of an 8 year old and my son has the best pedia in this city. I mean if my pedia is wrong that giving my son water every after milk then i think she wouldn't be that famous right? She could have asked me about that since i'm her sister-in-law but she was too proud and she doesn't want to be guided.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
Unbelievable. I hope her stubbornness or stupidity won't get her baby to harm. Better yet, I hope she realizes her mistake before it's too late.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
17 Oct 12
I heard till 6 months not give the water to baby because she is only on mother's milk. But after six month in limited quantity you can give the water she can drink but more water in winter season is not good. But in summer season at least 5 to 6 times is good for not more give in small glass.
@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
We only have two seasons here and it's always summer in our country. If the baby is not suffering from constipation, that might be good. But anyway, she was advised by the doctor to give water and she did. Now the baby is fine and is constantly drinking water.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
10 Oct 12
hi, i dont think so that drinking of water is bad for babies,because when my nephew and niece was a baby they also drunk water,because in my opinion baby should also have to drink water even they drink milk.because in a human also need to take water regardless if that is baby or not.
@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Yes though there are instances where water should not be given to babies especially newborn ones, but we need to clean their tongue by giving them water though not much.
@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
4 Jul 12
Newborns should not be given water, just yet. That's what my pediatrician told us. Not even when they got hiccups. Bigger kids and adults drink water when they have hiccups, but not for babies.
@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Newborns, yes. But not when they're already months old.
@dede28 (52)
• Romania
7 Jun 12
Too much water can cause water intoxication in babies. Each time a baby pees, he or she loses not only water but sodium and other electrolytes. The sodium levels in their blood can plummet and cause irritability, brain swelling, unresponsiveness and seizures. Don't give plain water for rehydration. The risk is also high if formula is diluted with too much water in a misguided effort to save a little money. :) In very hot weather, when babies may be losing extra water without urinating more, it can be O.K. to offer a bottle-fed baby a small (2 to 4 ounce) bottle of water between formula feedings – but there is no need to force this.
@toniganzon (37300)
• Philippines
8 Jun 12
Thank yo. I had given my son when he was a baby water after each feeding and he never suffered from what you mentioned. I was told it's the best way to clean his mouth and tongue since babies are unable to do so. And he was born in the summer and it was too hot. I don't think it's possible to over fed the baby with water.