Water may seem harmless to an adult. In fact, an adult needs 2-3 litres of water for detox purposes and good digestion. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for infants – water could cause intoxication, which in turn can lead to seizures, leading to a coma.
So what should you know when it comes to giving your baby water?
The general consensus is babies should only be given milk until they’re at least six months old, after which a sip of water here and there has been deemed safe.
Given too much water, babies will miss out on the vital nutrition components they need to grow. For this reason, it’s important to mix formula correctly.
Babies grow rapidly, meaning their needs, energy-wise, are much higher than adults. Water cannot fulfil these needs, though it will help fill up your babies (at least for awhile).
Can water intoxication prove to be fatal?
Water intoxication is where you consume too much water in a short period of time resulting in a drop in the sodium levels in your blood which may lead to serious issues.
As an adult, you would have to push yourself past thirst and to a point where you almost have to force intake for this to happen.
For babies, in most cases they would get too full before this can happen, so it would be more challenging for this to happen to an infant.
It’s not impossible but the fact is that it’s not healthy for the babies since babies need more nutrition for growth.
Only after 6 months old they will start to consume soft food and only then you can give them more water.
Be cautious with your baby’s diet because their diet is crucial for their brain and internal organs to develop. A healthy diet makes a happy baby!