NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Babies younger than six months old should never be given water to drink, physicians at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore remind parents. Consuming too much water can put babies at risk of a potentially life-threatening condition known as water intoxication.
What happens when a baby drinks water?
Letting your baby drink large amounts of water can lead to water intoxication, a potentially dangerous condition where electrolytes (like sodium) in a baby’s bloodstream become diluted. This can impact a baby’s normal body functions, resulting in symptoms like low body temperature or seizures.
Is it OK for baby to drink bath water?
Yes. “Many parents say their baby is interested in drinking bathwater,” says pediatrician Tanya Remer Altmann, editor of The Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the Major Developmental Milestones.
Can I give my 2 month old water?
When Can Babies Have Water? It’s best not to give your baby water before 6 months. At this newborn stage, breast milk or formula meets every nutritional need for health and development. Plus, you don’t want to fill up your baby on water, since she might not be hungry for feedings.
Can a 9 month old drink too much water?
About water intoxication
Babies can have immature kidneys, therefore, giving them too much water during their first year (particularly in the first nine months) can dilute a baby’s normal sodium levels which can lead to seizures, coma, brain damage and death.
What age can baby have tap water?
For babies under 6 months, you should not use water straight from the mains tap in the kitchen as it is not sterile. You will need to boil the tap water first and then let it cool down. Water for babies over 6 months doesn’t need to be boiled.
When should you give water to a baby?
If your baby is under 6 months old, they only need to drink breastmilk or infant formula. From 6 months of age, you can give your baby small amounts of water, if needed, in addition to their breastmilk or formula feeds.
Can a baby die after inhaling water the the bath?
“A child could die 24 hours later after they have been in the water,” said Barbara Byers of Canada’s Lifesaving Society. “The ones you have to keep an eye on,” she added, are kids who go under, inhaling and coughing up water in the process.
Can babies choke water?
Depending on how long a child is under water, they may experience significant coughing or choking, or lose consciousness, stop breathing and require CPR.
How do I know if my baby aspirated water?
Aspiration can cause signs and symptoms in a baby such as:
- Weak sucking.
- Choking or coughing while feeding.
- Other signs of feeding trouble, like a red face, watery eyes, or facial grimaces.
- Stopping breathing while feeding.
- Faster breathing while feeding.
- Voice or breathing that sounds wet after feeding.
What water is best for newborns?
To lessen this chance, parents can use low-fluoride bottled water some of the time to mix infant formula; these bottled waters are labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized, or distilled, and without any fluoride added after purification treatment.
How many Oz should 2 month old drink?
At about 2 months of age, babies usually take 4 to 5 ounces per feeding every 3 to 4 hours. At 4 months, babies usually take 4 to 6 ounces per feeding.
Is it OK to add extra water to baby formula?
Ready-to-feed formulas do not need any added water. Powdered formulas are mixed 2 ounces (60 mL) of water per each level scoop of powder. Never add extra water because dilute formula can cause a seizure.
How many ounces of water can a 9 month old have?
A 6-12 month old baby needs two to eight ounces of water per day on top of the water they get from breast milk/formula. Taking sips from their cups throughout the day will usually get them the water they need.
When can babies have yogurt?
Babies and yogurt
If you’re wondering if your baby can have yogurt, most experts agree that 6 months is a good age to begin eating the creamy and yummy concoction. This is a good age because it’s around this same time that most babies are starting to eat solid food.
What can 9 month old babies drink?
From birth to six months, the only drink that your baby needs is milk – ideally breastmilk, or, if you’re not breastfeeding, then formula. Regular milk feeds provide all the nutrients she needs to grow and develop.