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My 5 month old seems thirsty sometimes more than hungry. She will take a couple sips of her bottle and leave it at that. Why on earth is it bad to give a baby a couple sips of water?


Asked by Kari727 at 2:39 PM on Apr. 28, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Do NOT listen to the above poster. Water should not be given to babies especially under 6 months because it imbalances their electrolytes and puts them at risk for water intoxication.

    Even when they're very tiny, they have an intact thirst reflex or a drive to drink," Dr. Jennifer Anders, a pediatric emergency physician at the center, told Reuters Health. "When they have that thirst and they want to drink, the fluid they need to drink more of is their breast milk or formula."

    Because babies' kidneys aren't yet mature, giving them too much water causes their bodies to release sodium along with excess water, Anders said. Losing sodium can affect brain activity, so early symptoms of water intoxication can include irritability, drowsiness and other mental changes. Other symptoms include low body temperature (generally 97 degrees or less), puffiness or swelling in the face, and seizures.


    Answer by Ataemommy at 2:46 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • it's not...i started giving my daughter water in a bottle at 3 months. she's in perfect health

    Answer by momofone725 at 2:41 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • Wow. Just wow.

    Answer by Ataemommy at 2:48 PM on Apr. 28, 2011

  • In general, it's not a good idea to give your baby water until he's about 6 months old. Until then, he'll get all the hydration he needs from breast milk or formula, even in hot weather.

    Giving a baby younger than 6 months old too much water can interfere with his body's ability to absorb the nutrients in breast milk or formula. It can also cause his tummy to feel full, which curbs his desire to feed. (While small sips of water probably won't hurt your baby, it's best to check with his doctor beforehand during those first six months.)

    In rare cases, a baby who drinks too much water can develop a condition known as water intoxication, which can cause seizures and even a coma.

    Answer by ambr2006 at 2:58 PM on Apr. 28, 2011