Lots of mothers (especially a new mommy) still struggle with how to feed their newborn babies. No matter how many children you birth, each child will be different. One inquiry that we received is, when is it okay to give a baby water?
Some mothers take the risk of giving their babies water as early as 2 to 4 weeks old. However, medical research indicates and/or shares that parents should avoid giving their babies water until they are at-least 6 months of age. Even then, they should give their baby 1 to 2 ounces when needed or very seldom until their they are one years old. Some doctors recommend not giving a baby water at all until they are one years old, however, giving a baby sips of water beginning at 6 months after beginning solid foods is not harmful and can help to reduce constipation. The reason? babies receive enough water in their breastmilk or formula. Giving a baby water early can result in their bodies receiving too much water, which can cause seizures, brain damage, and even death.
Yes, there will be mothers who swear that giving their child water very early did not hurt their baby, however, there are just as many mothers who will share that giving their baby water early did hurt their child. Some have shared that giving their baby water early led then to being in the ICU on emergency. Our notion, why take the risk? It is better to be safe than sorry. If you are breastfeeding, simply increase your water and the baby will receive more water as well. There are special cases in which you will need to give your baby water if they are under 6 months old. That may be when they are constipated, dehydrated, or have diarrhea.
Please speak to your doctor before playing doctor on your child. Every life is very precious.
Hope this helps someone who is reading:)
Christine Parker – Dill Editor (mommy, blogger, & life-coach)