Q. When can I give my baby water? She's only five weeks old.
A. The general consensus is to wait until your baby is at least six months old. For the first six months all your baby needs is milk. If you are breastfeeding you need to make sure you are drinking enough water (not your baby). If you are using formula, you very well know you are giving water from mixing it.
You may think it is a good idea to hydrate your baby with just water especially since it is so hot in the Philippines. Just know that babies don't regulate their fluid balance as well as adults and too much water can lead to a dangerous condition called hyponatremia (sometimes called water intoxication). This condition may lead to seizures, brain damage, and death.
Some guidelines for your baby's drinking water:
-Wait until your baby is at least six months old
-Boiled tap water (boiled for at least 1 minute) or sterile water is the better option as mineral water may sometimes lack fluoride. Read the label.
-Only give 2 to 4 ounces of water when you introduce it and ask your doctor for the appropriate amount for your child.
-Never give water as fluid replacement if your baby has vomiting or diarrhea. Use proper oral rehydration solutions.