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Too Much water for your infant is dangerous!

Is it safe for babies to drink water during the many hot months of summer? Does my baby need to drink water anytime?

According to Dr. Sears:

"Breastfeeding babies do not need extra water, though formula-fed babies often do. Your breast milk contains enough water for your baby, even in hot, dry climates. Formula contains higher concentrations of salts and minerals than breast milk does, so that extra water is often necessary for the kidneys to excrete the extra salt. Also, because of less efficient metabolism, formula-fed infants lose more water. "

Although breast milk is about 88% water, the formula is not and, therefore, many pediatricians recommend that formula fed babies be given sips of water from 6 months of age or when solid foods are introduced. The offering of water is only a recommendation. It is not intended to be regarded as an absolute necessity that you give your baby water! It can even be hazardous.

If you decide to give your baby water, please limit babies water consumption of 2-4 ounces per day. You do not want the water to move or displace the ingestion of breast milk and / or formula! Take the opportunity to offer a cup of water also Sippy. This will accomplish 2 things:

1) A breastfed baby will not be subject to possible confusion of the nipples

2) The water in a cup Sippy is the perfect liquid to be used when introducing the Sippy cup. Add a few ice cubes to give the cup a style and be more interesting!

Please use extreme caution when offering water infants. Infants who drink too much water May have too much water, and have Intoxication.

For children under 1 year - and especially during the first nine months of baby's life - drinking too much water can be dangerous.

In fact, according to pediatricians, like James P. Keating, MD, medical director of St. Louis Children's Hospital Diagnostic Centre, "Too much water dilutes a baby and normal levels of sodium can lead to convulsions, coma, brain damage and worse even death.

Breast milk or formula provides all babies healthy fluid needed for babies to survive. If a mother feels her baby needs to take water, it should be limited to two or three ounces at a time and should be proposed that after the baby has satisfied his hunger with breastfeeding or formula"

For parents who see their children less than 12 months take swimming lessons, please be cautious of the amount of water that inadvertently baby will swallow. Water intoxication May also occur because of a baby swallowing too much water during bathing so extra caution must be implied!

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