Adults have to drink water to stay alive, but babies under six months? If they consume water, it can kill them.
With all the baby advice out there, you'd think the dangers of newborns drinking water would be common knowledge. However, there are many people who have no idea that water can be fatal to infants. Today, parents everywhere are trying to spread awareness about when it's okay for babies to start drinking H2O.
You probably never thought to tell the babysitter not to give your child water. Incredibly, even just a little bit of water can be fatal to a baby under six months old.
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Until six months of age, babies get all the fluids they need from breast milk or formula. Even on the hottest of days, all a baby needs to cool down is a bit of milk.
Giving a child water before that point can result in "water intoxication." This leads to seizures, a coma, and even death.
In May 2015, a couple was arrested after their 10-week-old daughter died of water intoxication. They had been diluting breast milk with water in an effort to make it last longer, and claimed to have no idea that water could be fatal to babies.
Even when babies do try water for the first time, they might not like it very much. As dietitian Kate Zeratsky told BuzzFeed News, "Babies under the age of one don't need water."
When your little one is old enough to drink water, start with just a few sips. Then, you can work your way up from there once you're certain there are no negative effects.
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Make sure to share this important information with new and expecting parents. It just might save a life.