Babies

Should you feed your baby water?

The thirst quenching drink, water is used to hydrate us, keep our energy levels up and make sure our bodies are functioning properly.

As breastmilk and formula can sufficiently hydrate your baby, feeding your baby water  is actually not needed until 6 months old.

Here is what you need to know.

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When should your baby start drinking water?

Paediatrician, Danielle Stringer says “Babies do NOT need water the same way adults do. In fact, babies should not be offered water until they are six months old,” The Independent reports.

Breastmilk and formula have all the water you baby needs. If a baby is given too much water it can lead to intoxication, which is rare.

“Water intoxication is the process that occurs when a baby is given too much water and the water then causes sodium (salt) dilation in the body,” Stringer says.

What happens when water intoxication occurs?

“Their bodies will try to overcompensate by having the cells take on more water, which will result in swelling all over the body, including in the brain, which can result in seizures, coma or brain death,” she said.

Babycentre says that if you are using formula to be careful not to stretch formula by diluting it with water. “Carefully follow the package directions for making formula and use the recommended amount of water,” Stephen R. Daniels from Babycentre said.

Stuck for baby, toddler and kiddie recipe ideas and meals?

Well, our Healthy Kids Cookbook provides parents with simple recipes which are delicious and nutritious for kids and parents alike.

All the recipes have been designed and cooked by a nutritionist, and eaten by real kids.

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The Healthy Kids Cookbook includes:

    • Foods for baby
    • Breakfast ideas
    • Lunch box food
    • Delicious dinners
    • Party time food
    • Tips for fussy eaters
    • Created by a leading nutritionist
    • 56 recipes.

This cookbook also includes some information about how many serves of each food group your child should be eating, how to develop healthy eating habits, and how to deal with fussy eaters.

For more information and or to buy your copy today click here.

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Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!