At what age is it OK to give a baby water?

When should I introduce water to my baby?

Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, small amounts of water can be offered starting around 6 months as long as baby is growing and gaining appropriately, but water is optional before 12 months of age.

What happens if you give newborn water?

Giving water to an infant can also cause water intoxication, a serious condition that happens when too much water dilutes the concentration of sodium in the body, upsetting the electrolyte balance and causing tissues to swell. It’s uncommon but serious, potentially causing seizures and even a coma.

Is it okay for a 5 month old to drink water?

Water is not recommended for infants under six months old because even small amounts will fill up their tiny bellies and can interfere with their body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in breast milk or formula,” Malkoff-Cohen said.

How do you give a baby water for the first time?

Introduce your baby to drinking from a cup or beaker from around 6 months and offer sips of water with meals. Using an open cup or a free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby’s teeth.

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Can I give my 1 month old water?

A: Water is not recommended for any infant under four months of age. Although a small amount of water every now and again may not hurt, too much water can cause changes in the electrolytes in a babies bloodstream which could lead to seizures and death, so it’s best to not give any at all.

Can I give my 2 week old water for constipation?

Infant constipation often begins when a baby starts eating solid foods. If your baby seems constipated, consider simple dietary changes: Water or fruit juice. Offer your baby a small amount of water or a daily serving of 100 percent apple, prune or pear juice in addition to usual feedings.

Can I give my 2 month old water for constipation?

Pediatricians sometimes recommend adding a small amount of water or, occasionally, fruit juice, to the baby’s diet when they are over 2–4 months old and are constipated.