Infants have delicate systems. Introducing water before six months might impede the absorption of essential nutrients from breast milk or formula. In extreme cases, consuming excessive water can lead to water intoxication, a condition that disrupts the body’s sodium balance and could induce seizures or even a coma.
Always adhere to the instructions on the formula package. Over dilution not only puts babies at risk of water intoxication but deprives them of necessary nutrients. So, ensure you’re using the correct water-to-formula ratio.
Simply put, no. Although an occasional sip might not be harmful, excessive water can cause drastic electrolyte imbalances, potentially leading to severe conditions like seizures. To be safe, it’s best to avoid water for those under six months.
While many of us drink tap water without a second thought, it might be best to offer babies filtered or boiled tap water. Even though tap water is generally safe, it’s a prudent step to ensure it’s as pure as possible.
After six months, boiled or distilled bottled water can be an option, especially if used for formula. But ensure it’s cooled to a safe temperature before offering it. Remember, bottled water isn’t always sterile; so treat it with the same caution as tap water.