Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Soul | 2011/09/15


When to start giving babies water or rooibos tea


My sister-in-law baby girl was born on 29 Jul (tomorrow 7 weeks old) and now weights 4.5 kg which is great seeing as she only weighed 2.8kg at birth, she picked up qutie well.

She is on Isomil and had her 6 week injections at a clinic yesterday. The nurse told my sister-in-law that she is healthy but gaining too much weight (i.e. getting fat) and that she should stick to only 3-4 hours feeds throughout the day and if necessary give her water with brown sugar or rooibos tea inbetween, because she gets period where she''ll have a bottle now (120ml) and in 2 hours or so she''ll want another one but then only take another bottle in about 4 hours time. I have two girls of my own and believe that babies should drink when they want, they won''t drink if they don''t want to, and because her bottle with formula is made up of 90% water, that she does not need water or rooibos tea in between, wouldn''t the extra water or rooibos tea in between just make her hungrier? When can you start giving babies water or rooibos tea inbetween and do you really need to stick to the 3-4 hourly feedings shown on the formula milk?

Expert's Reply



You are correct. There is no need to give your sister in law's baby any water until her baby is at least 6 months old.The same applies to rooibos tea. The water and tea will in any case not satisfy the baby's hunger. Let her continue on her present feeding on demand schedule

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