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can babies drink water


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** Giving Your Baby Water **

*Are Water Supplements for Infants Necessary?*

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· drinking water
· water intoxication
· water and babies
· dehydration

Is the weather hot? Or are you hoping to get your baby to "like" to drink
water as a life time habit? Before you offer your loveable baby water, be
sure you know what tips you should follow for offering water supplements.

-At What Age Can Babies Drink Water?-

There are different ideas swirling around out there on what the appropriate
age is to give babies water. What it all boils down to (pardon the pun) is
this: do not offer water before 4 to 6 months of age, unless your doctor
specifically recommended for a health concern.

Why not? Well, provided you are breastfeeding on demand or offering enough
infant formula your baby will get the appropriate amount of hydration from
that. Further, offering water before 4 to 6 months of age could lead to
other problems, such as:

· Weight loss or insufficient weight gain in the infant. Since the baby
could fill up on calorie-free, fat-free water, he'll drink less breastmilk
or formula.
· In newborns, research reveals that water supplements are connected to an
increased risk of jaundice.
· A decrease in mother's breastmilk supply because baby drinks more water
and thus nurses less.
· Water intoxication. Though not all that common, water intoxication is a
serious issue that happens when


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