Is it safe for me to give my 5 month old baby more than 100ml of water a day?


Krista - posted on 10/25/2011




No, it's not safe to give a baby that young ANY water.

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
Anders said it may be appropriate in some cases to give older infants a small amount of water; for example to help with constipation or in very hot weather, but parents should always check with their pediatrician before doing so, and should only give the baby an ounce or two of water at a time. If a parent thinks their child may have water intoxication, or if an infant has a seizure, they should seek medical attention immediately, she advised.

Double-check with your pediatrician, but at that age, all of their fluid intake should be breastmilk or formula -- both of which have plenty of water content in them already.

Kimberly - posted on 10/25/2011




Is your baby breastfeed or formula feed? Not that it really matters, but as long as your giving them cooled boiled water there really isnt anything wrong with that. We live in a very hot area and I used to give my daughter water whenever she wasnt having a b/f. As long as it isnt effecting there food intake its fine and is actually good to get them into the habit of drinking plain water instead of juices and such


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Debbie - posted on 10/25/2011




I am surprised looking at the other answers in here, Maybe in Newzealand we have different standards? We were always told to give our babies cooled boiled water, especially for wind or on hot days.

Debbie - posted on 10/25/2011




yes its good for them, I gave my daughter water from early on and now she loves her water.

Christina - posted on 10/25/2011




my dr. suggested a 1/2 ounce of luke warm - room temp water between bottles to help with gas. that was when she was 2 months old, and with dr ok we have just contuined with it. dr. said it is fine, and it really made a difference.

a little water wont hurt them. it also really helped with her constipation. but she was very frim on the amount. only 1/2 ounce between formula bottles. and we just never gave any before bed time because it wasn't needed.

Neva - posted on 10/25/2011




No!!! Babies under age 6 months get all the water they need from formula or breast milk. Babies kidneys are immature and are not able to concentrate well. If they get too much free water, it can cause them to lose too much water and sodium and can cause them to have a seizure.

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