Can babies drink water?
During the first six months, feeding practices might be hard to grasp, but don’t stress out about it. Soon, you’ll begin transitioning your child from breastfeeding or bottle-feeding to solid foods and drinks. How can you safely maintain their health and keep them hydrated?
It may seem a bit unnatural not to provide your newborn with water, especially if you live in a warm climate. However, research shows that water consumption prior to the age of 6 months is actually more harmful than beneficial. Water fills them up, while juice, which contains empty calories and added sugar, is known to cause diarrhea.
Early on, your breast milk is the only source of nourishment, as well as fluids, that your infant needs to satisfy their hunger and thirst. It contains the macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals required for proper growth and development. Until they’ve been weaned off of breast milk or formula (around the 6-month-mark), drinking water regularly could create potential health issues.
Note that there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if your child’s sick and losing fluids at a rapid rate due to diarrhea or vomiting, small amounts of water may be given. As always, though, consult your pediatrician first.