When to give your baby water
Breastmilk or formula is enough fluid before 6 months-
Dehydration might require medical attention
- Babies don't need water until after 6 months.
- Babies under 6 months only need their breastmilk or formula, which contains all the water they need.
- In fact, their kidneys can't concentrate their urine, so drinking water can fluid loss and dehydration.
- Fluoridated water given before 6 months may cause mottling (brown spots) on teeth.
- After 6 months, accustom your baby to the taste of water with an ounce or two in a bottle or cup; good for rinsing gums and teeth before bedtime, especially if the water is fluoridated to help prevent cavities.
- Check to see if your tap water is fluoridated. Bottle water is not fluoridated unless it says so on the label.
- When sterilizing water for formula or cereal, boil it no longer than a couple of minutes to avoid mineral concentration.
- Signs of dehydration that require medical attention
- No wet diapers
- Dry mouth and eyes – no tears, no saliva
- Sunken eyes, sunken soft spot
- Loose skin that does not spring back when pinched.
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