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1: Do not give water to a baby that is under 6 months whether the baby is breastfed, mixfed, or formula-fed.
Babies under 6 months of age do not need water even if it's hot outside, even when they have hiccups, or suffering from coughs and colds....
1. Water has no calories. If you give water, it may cause the baby to drink less milk (breastmilk or formula) or to stop feeding early and therefore cause malnutrition.
2. Breastmilk has 88% water. Infant formula calls for exact measurements of water, giving more water dilutes the limited nutrients it has.
3. Water is associated with increased bilirubin levels (jaundice), excess weight loss, and longer hospital stays for newborns.
4. Too much water can lead to a serious condition called oral water intoxication/water poisoning
5. Hiccups is not a sign of dehydration or any condition. It's normal and it doesn't bother your babies, so it shouldn't bother you. You can let it pass or give baby milk again.
6. Your baby's kidneys cannot handle too much water.
7. Too much water can cause: liver disease, kidney problems, congestive heart failure, syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone, seizures, and DEATH!
What is water intoxication?
"Also known as water poisoning, it is the disruption of brain function due to drinking too much water. This water can dilute the electrolytes in your blood, especially sodium. Sodium helps balance fluids between the inside and outside of cells. When sodium levels drop due to excess water consumption, fluids shifts from the outside to the inside of cells, causing them to swell. When this happens to brain cells, it can produce dangerous and potentially life-threatening effects." - formal items in navy blue https://authoritynutrition.com/water-intoxication/
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