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cant infant have h2o

I've recently been told that giving infants water can cause seizures and they shouldnt have it until six months. Is this true?

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prudy300

Asked by prudy300 at 9:12 AM on Jun. 21, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I've never heard of that. Most formula that isn't ready to go needs water to make it, and millions of babies drink it everyday so I wouldn't see how that is true.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:16 AM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • 100% true and the exact advice my pediatrician gave me. None of my babies ever even took a sip of water before 7 months. They get all the fluids they need from breastmilk or formula.
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 9:17 AM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • It depends,,, I wouldn't do it on any kind of regualr basis,, but if you have been out in the heat,, a couple of small sips of water will not hurt,, of course you should try to avoid getting the little one too hot,,,There has been a rash of people forcing their infants to drink water,, one mother claimed it was because she didn't want t a FAT baby! Babies can't process water like older children,, and it messes with their electrolytes,,, Hope this helped!
    kimigogo

    Answer by kimigogo at 9:18 AM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • Anon, she means water without formula mixed in. If babies get water, it throws off their delicate electrolyte balance and yes can cause seizures.
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 9:18 AM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • Oh, same thing can happen if you dilute their formula too. It's very important to mix formula according to the directions.
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 9:19 AM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • agree w kimi
    rileymommy

    Answer by rileymommy at 10:03 AM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • It's called water intoxication.
    Babies get all the liquid they need from breastmilk (or formula).
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:16 AM on Jun. 21, 2010

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