Newborn babies should not be given water until they are six months old as it could kill them and parents of the newborn should take this warning seriously.
It sounds weird but according to Pharmacist Abbas Kanani, just a sip of water could overload the kidneys and can lead to a dangerous condition called hyponatremia.
Pharmacist Abbas Kanani told Yahoo UK:
“Kidneys are also too immature in infants under six and water can cause intoxication as a result of an imbalance in electrolytes such as sodium.”
“This can cause hyponatremia, which is where too much water has diluted the sodium levels of the body.”
“This can cause complications such as swelling of the brain, seizures and, in extreme cases, death.”
“Giving water to an infant can affect the baby’s ability to receive adequate nourishment.”
“Their stomachs are so tiny and can fill up easily with water, making it difficult for them to get the nourishment they require.”
Babies should only be given breast milk or formula until they are at least six months old.
Most experts believe that babies shouldn’t be given water as it could kill them.
Katie Zeratsky, a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, told:
“Water intoxication is where you consume too much water in a short period of time and your blood level of sodium drops…making a tragic situation.”
“In the adult world, you would have to push yourself past thirst and regulation to a point where you almost have to force intake.”
“In terms of a baby, in most cases, they would get too full to do this, so it would be more challenging to create this situation in an infant. It’s not impossible, though.”
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