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.
Can I give my newborn 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.
How much water is safe for a newborn?
When babies are between 6 and 12 months of age, breast milk or formula continues to be a priority over water. But if you offer breast milk or formula first, you can then offer water, 2-3 ounces at a time. At this age, 4-8 ounces a day of water is enough. More than that may lead to water intoxication.
What are signs of dehydration in newborns?
Dehydration and Your Child. Dehydration occurs when an infant or child loses so much body fluid that they are not able to maintain ordinary function. The warning signs can include dry skin, tongue and lips, rapid breathing, fewer wet diapers and tearless crying.
What water is best for newborns?
You can use any type of clean water — tap or bottled — to prepare liquid-concentrate or powdered formula. If you’re concerned about the purity of your water supply, talk to your baby’s doctor or your water provider. Many public water systems will test drinking water upon request.
How is infant botulism treated?
Doctors treat infant botulism with an antitoxin called botulism immune globulin intravenous (BIGIV). They give this to babies as soon as possible. Babies with botulism who get BIGIV recover sooner and spend less time in the hospital than babies who don’t.
What happens if water gets in breast milk?
Watering down the breast milk caused Nevaeh’s electrolyte and sodium levels to drop and made her brain swell, according to the warrants. But the detectives’ investigation since Nevaeh’s death also revealed unsanitary conditions at the couple’s apartment.