Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Eze | 2009-07-23

Q.

Feeding 5 week old cooled boiled water

Hi
My LG is 5 weeks old. She has difficulties with gas at times, but nothing serious (we do give her the telament drops and reuteri drops in her feeds). I' ve heard that feeding the baby about 3-5ml of cooled boiled water after her feeds may help to reduce gas and indigestion. Any truth to this? Would you recommend this for any other reason?
Thx.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Do not give your very young baby any water at this stage.She probaly has colic and she is on the correct treatment for this.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-07-23


If you are breastfeeding, giving water will reduce your milk supply as baby will have tummy full of non nutritious water and not want to feed.
Furthermore, there is no need as breastmilk is very thirst quenching and has lots of water in it.

Baby' s get wind from digesting their milk. If baby is bottle fed, baby will get wind during the feed as the teat doesn' t fit perfectly into the mouth, using the size 2 teats on NUK or AVENT wide neck bottle will help a little. Breatfed babies don' t take in wind during a feed as the mouth makes a perfect seal around the breast. IF baby isn' t latched properly, then they can take air in which will cause discomfort and wind - you will know very well if baby isn' t latched well as you will feel pain and if the latch is very bad your nipples will crack (cracked nipples are not a normal part of breastfeeding but a sign of a problem).
Also, if baby is not fed on demand but allowed to cry until a scheduled feed time, baby will suck in a lot of air during the crying and have lots of wind.

If you are feeding on a schedule and baby is pulling his legs up to his tummy, this is not a sign of wind, but of being hungry, feed baby on demand and things will improve after about 4 days.

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