Louis Children’s Hospital Diagnostic Center, too much water dilutes a baby’s normal sodium levels and can lead to seizures, coma, brain damage and death. Breast milk or formula provides all the fluid healthy babies need.
How much water is too much water for a baby?
It is important to note that children should drink the number of 8 ounce cups of water equal to their age, with a maximum of 64 ounces of water for children over the age of 8. These amounts do not include other beverages they may consume in a day such as milk and juice.
How do I know if my baby drank too much water?
Losing sodium can affect brain activity, so early symptoms of water intoxication can include irritability, drowsiness and other mental changes. Other symptoms include low body temperature (generally 97 degrees or less), puffiness or swelling in the face, and seizures.
Can water hurt babies?
So giving a baby younger than 6 months even a moderate amount of water in a short period of time can lead to hyponatremia, which at its most dangerous can cause brain swelling and even death.
What happens if a child drinks too much water?
Fortunately, actual overhydration — the kind that creates health problems — is rare. However, it’s possible (though uncommon) for your child to overdo it to the point where they experience so-called water intoxication. This can lead to hyponatremia, a serious imbalance of sodium in your toddler’s system.
Can a 6 month old have too much water?
The American Academy of Pediatrics says yes, warning that introducing water too early or giving your baby too much water can actually cause a hazardous condition called water intoxication.
How much water should I give my 6 month old?
A 6-12 month old baby needs two to eight ounces of water per day on top of the water they get from breast milk/formula. Taking sips from their cups throughout the day will usually get them the water they need.
What happens if there is too much water in formula?
Mixing formula with too much water is particularly risky. “If you dilute the formula with more water, it will contain fewer calories per ounce and not provide enough calories for your baby to thrive,” says Dyan Hes, MD, of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York. It can even lead to seizures and brain damage.
How is infant botulism treated?
Doctors treat infant botulism with an antitoxin called botulism immune globulin intravenous (BIGIV). They give this to babies as soon as possible. Babies with botulism who get BIGIV recover sooner and spend less time in the hospital than babies who don’t.
Is it OK to give a 2 month old water?
“Water is not recommended for infants under six months old because even small amounts will fill up their tiny bellies and can interfere with their body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in breast milk or formula,” Malkoff-Cohen said.