You Should Never Give Water To Newborns, And Experts Explain Why

Water is an essential ingredient for staying healthy. However, this rule does not work for babies. That is why experts warn parents, who may be misled by this common water conception.

It is prohibited to give water to newborns, as it can result in intoxication, malnourishment and even fatal consequences.

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Here is what experts say about feeding babies:

Up to 6 months old, all they need is breastmilk. If the mother does not nurse, then the only food for a child is a baby formula. Both options will provide the optimal amount of carbs, proteins, fats and micronutrient for your little one.  

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According to pharmacist Abbas Kanani, even a few sips can cause intoxication or hyponatremia. As an infant’s body is still immature, kidneys fail to regulate the sodium levels in the body after water intake.

He adds: 

This can cause complications such as swelling of the brain, seizures and, in extreme cases, death.

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A baby’s stomach is so tiny! So feeding him water may create a false feeling of fullness. As a result, he would not nurse and would not receive enough nutrients necessary for a proper development.

There is another risk of getting infected with bacteria living in poor quality water.

If a baby ingests some water accidentally, there is no reason to call an ambulance though. Watch the child’s condition thoroughly and pay attention to his appetite.

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So rules here are simple:

1. No water until 6 months old.

2. A few sips of water from 6 to 12 months, only if it’s necessary.

3. Your child can drink water after 1 year old with no limits, but make sure it’s fresh and clean.

Making children happy and healthy is the only thing parents want, isn’t? Stay well, and take a good care of your babies.

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