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Friday, 9 November 2018

Here's Why you Should NEVER EVER Give Water to Your Baby

We're constantly being told how important water is for our health. 
And not just because it is good for us - providing us with many health benefits - but that it's absolutely vital for our survival.
Our bodies use water in all our organs, cells, and tissues to help regulate the temperature and maintain other bodily functions. 
And because our bodies lose water through digestion, breathing, and sweating, we need to rehydrate by drinking fluids and consuming foods that contain water.
And if this is the case, how come we don't let babies drink water, as well as milk?
Well, put simply, their tiny, defenseless bodies simply aren't developed enough to consume so much as a few ounces of H2O. In fact, in some cases, consuming just a few ounces of water could potentially go on to cause infant mortality.
On average, a healthy adult is made up of 55 to 60% water whereas the average baby is about 75% water. 
And it's precisely due to this difference that babies shouldn't be consuming water until they're at least six months old. This includes water from taps and bottles.
I mean, water can be deadly for adults too. Our kidneys all have a limit as to how much water they are able to handle. If you exceed this limit, the excess water will enter into your bloodstream where it will dilute the sodium (salt) in your blood.
Unfortunately, newborns are a lot more sensitive as far as water is concerned. And why is this? Well, their kidneys are only about half the size of an adult's, meaning they cannot hold much water. Their kidneys are also not fully developed enough to properly filter the water. This essentially means that any water they consume will end up in the circulatory system where it dilutes their blood, increasing their water content up to 8%.
However, it's not just drinking water that could lead to problems. Indeed, most cases of water intoxication in babies revolve around overly diluting baby formula or when babies are repeatedly dunked up and down in a swimming pool leading to inadvertent consumption of water.



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