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As parents of infants, we are often told to stick to breastmilk for the most part of the first year. And that it is a complete nutrition for our baby. What about when they are simply thirsty? Whether it is safe to give our baby water and how much water can our 6-month-old have often looms over our heads in such instances.
Remember, water isn’t an alternative to breastmilk and shouldn’t be your go-to choice for infants at this age. Children’s stomachs can fill up quite quickly and unlike breastmilk, water will simply hydrate and not nourish. Mothers can ensure that they are hydrated so that the regular feeding of breast milk itself does its part.
An infant's metabolism is drastically different from that of an adult. They do not need water like we do. Do not water down your baby's formula, even on hot days. Water intoxication, as mentioned before, can cause quite a lot of anomalies, like seizures, extreme drowsiness, swelling in the face, etc. Monitoring your baby's feeds regularly will help you track whether they are getting the nutrients they need. Get in contact with your healthcare provider immediately if you see any of those signs. Happy Parenting!
Your 6-month-old can have 4-8 ounces of water in a day.
Yes, as long as you maintain the feeding guidelines, your 6-month-old can have alkaline water.
If it is to soothe your child's aching gums due to teething, then sure; otherwise, it is best to stick to giving your baby pre-boiled water that is at room temperature.
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