Why you should NEVER feed your baby water – and how it could be fatal if you do Why you should NEVER feed your baby water – and how it could be fatal if you do
Whether you’re expecting or in those early, blurry first days of parenthood, you will have most likely come across a wealth of baby-related information.... Why you should NEVER feed your baby water – and how it could be fatal if you do

Whether you’re expecting or in those early, blurry first days of parenthood, you will have most likely come across a wealth of baby-related information.

Feeding babies, weaning babies, sleep-training your baby, all those milestones, all the things to avoid, all the individual expert opinions.

Now a new risk has been highlighted – and it concerns giving your baby water.

Water may seem like a harmless (healthy, even) drink. After all, the importance of adults drinking enough is well known and frequently broadcast.

But consumed by infants, it could cause water intoxication, which in turn can lead to seizures, and being in a coma – it can even prove to be fatal.

So what is and isn’t advised when it comes to giving our babies water?

Do they actually need it?

The general consensus is babies should only be given milk until they’re at least six months old, after which a sip of water here and there has been deemed safe.

However, as Katie Zeratsky, a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic told Buzzfeed, up until the age of one, babies can live without water.

This, she explains, is because “they get all of their fluid needs through human milk or infant formula. Even on a hot day they can get all of their hydration needs through human milk or formula.”

As a rule, NOT giving your baby water is particularly important to adhere to before they’re six months old. Breastmilk or formula only.

Why is it dangerous?

Parents are advised against giving babies water because of the breastmilk and formula contain the nutrients they need, such as protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fat.


By filling up on water, they miss out on the vital nutrition components they need to grow.

For this reason, it’s important to mix formula correctly.

And babies grow rapidly, meaning their needs, energy-wise, are much higher then ours. Water cannot fulfil these needs, though it will fill up your baby.

Can water intoxication prove to be fatal?

Yes, is the answer to this according to Katie.


“Water intoxication is where you consume too much water in a short period of time and your blood level of sodium drops…making a tragic situation,” she tells Buzzfeed.

“In the adult world, you would have to push yourself past thirst and regulation to a point where you almost have to force intake.

“In terms of a baby, in most cases they would get too full to do this, so it would be more challenging to create this situation in an infant. It’s not impossible, though.”

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  • Taylor

    2016-11-15 #1 Author

    Water is super thin. Babies should never drink it unless it’s just a little bit.


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  • Jakila Robinson

    2016-11-16 #3 Author

    This was a very helpful article, i actually gave my bby some water but after reading this i nvr will do that again !!


    • T’ayajae

      2016-11-16 #4 Author

      Me either! That’s so scary, I give my baby water in her bottles after she eats her transitional meals! She’ll be 9months on the 29th.


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    2016-11-16 #6 Author

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  • Debbie Amy

    2016-11-16 #9 Author

    Yes, agreed because my baby’s doctor told me not to give him any water or else he’ll get a seizure. Definitely not doing it anytime soon.


  • Alicia Lee

    2016-11-16 #10 Author

    This article is super helpful thanks:)


  • Shanice Lewis

    2016-11-16 #11 Author

    Definitely useful information!


  • Rosemary

    2016-11-16 #12 Author

    My baby cannot do without water…infact she prefers to drink water than to eat. What can I do?


  • Aaliyah P

    2016-11-16 #13 Author

    My daughter loves water!! She would never drink her formula, and always wanted water instead. This has really opened my eyes and made me more aware for the moms that don’t know this information! I will definitely be spreading your site


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  • Candace Day

    2016-11-16 #16 Author

    I never heard this before , but I may say it’s very helpful. Especially since I have a new born.


  • Keekee

    2016-11-16 #17 Author

    Doctor told me it’s ok to give my infant a few sips because she has thrush on her tongue


  • Scarlette Wimberly

    2016-11-16 #18 Author

    Great article with helpful information..we never give our grandson water..


  • Cheyenne

    2016-11-16 #19 Author

    I think many people need to realize, this includes juice! Any liquid other than formula or breastmilk shouldn’t be given until after 6 months, and after that only 1-2 oz every now and then.


  • Alexis Bryant

    2016-11-16 #20 Author

    I Never Knew Babies Couldnt Drink Water .. Wow Learn Something New Everyday


  • hailey

    2016-11-16 #21 Author

    this article is very informative. I def didn’t know some of this information.


  • Susan Jose

    2016-11-16 #22 Author

    It’s helpful.. My question is… What if he has constipation?


  • Sabrenia little

    2016-11-16 #23 Author

    Wow I never knew ! I gave both of my kids a little water in their bottles so they wouldn’t get constipated.


  • Arlene Garcia

    2016-11-16 #24 Author

    I’ve read the same thing regarding water. I agree with the article, but am here to offer an alternative. My daughter was very colicky, hence other mothers and my doctor told me to give her no more than 1 to 2 ounces to get things moving (digestive system). I know some will cringe at this but it did help my daughter and the amount was miniscule thus not interfering with needed calories and not enough to to cause water intoxication. I was very hesitant initially but due to the colic I had no other choice but to try it.


  • Daphne Bernadotte

    2016-11-16 #25 Author

    My baby is 3 months and my pediatrician said the nay needs all his calories from his breast milk or formula. He will be malnourished if i give him water begore he is 6 months. But i know other pediatricians who tell parents to give baby an ounce of water if have problems of constipation.


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    2016-11-17 #26 Author

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  • Robbie

    2016-11-17 #27 Author

    Didn’t know this actually learned something I can pass this to my niece she just had a baby..


  • Nancie wambui muthee

    2016-11-17 #28 Author

    i always get to learn alot from you..i used to give my son lots of water when he doesn’t want to breastfeed…at least now I know how to take care of him…and its because of u…thanks very much…I have learnt a lot of things from this article


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