Pediatricians advise that it is not a good idea to give your baby water until they are six months. Babies will get all the water they need from your breast milk or formula, even if the weather proves to be very hot. There can be times under medical advice baby is allowed to have a certain amount of water, but in general babies should not have additional water other than their prescribed amount in their formula. Find out why you should avoid giving your baby water before they are 6 months of age.
Can I give my baby water? Answer: Yes recommended from 6 months of age.
If you give a baby that is younger than 6 months old way too much water what it can do is actually interfere with baby’s body that is to say that baby will not have the ability to absorb any of the nutrients in breast milk or formula as it is all undermined to excess water consumption. On top of that baby will feel that there tummy is full, which will then curb any desires for a feed. Where as giving your baby very small sips of water more than likely will not hurt your baby but it is advisable to check with your doctor during those first 6 months of baby’s life.
Why you should not give baby water under 6 months of age.
It has been found that a baby that consumes way too much water can develop a condition that is known as water intoxication, which can cause baby to have a seizure or even a coma. The way in which water intoxication can happen is when too much water dilutes the concentration of sodium in the body which will then upset the electrolyte balance which will then cause tissues to swell. The cases of this happening is very rare indeed. Also if you add way too much water into your baby’s formula it could pose a risk of your baby developing water intoxication, it also means that your baby will be absorbing less nutrients which baby needs. Therefore it is always important that you do follow all instructions on the packaging for powdered or concentrated formula for baby and do not try and make the formula stretch out by using more water than the recommended amount of formula for a feed.
For what reasons can you give baby water under 6 months of age.
In some cases when a baby suffers from gastroenteritis the doctor could advise you to give your baby an electrolyte drink such as Pedialyte or Infalyte. These products will help to prevent your baby from dehydration. Never assume that it is okay to provide these products to your baby it is far better to go to the Doctor and find out the cause of what your baby is suffering from, then if your Doctor does recommend these products then do go ahead and give them to your baby. It is normal to feel concerned about your baby when they are unwell and you think that by going to the corner store and by over the counter medicines is safe. No matter whether your concern is small or big for baby it is far wiser to check with a Doctor first.
After baby is 6 months old
So once baby is 6 months old, then it is fine to give baby sips of water when they show signs that they are thirsty. Of course you do not want to over do this either, as you may give your baby a tummy ache or make them too full to eat well. After baby has turned one and your baby is eating solids and drinking whole milk you can then give as much water to baby as they like.