PARENTAL GUIDANCE Here's the reason why you should NEVER feed water to your baby - as it could have fatal consequences

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Babies under six-months-old should be fed on breastmilk or baby formula

PARENTS have been advised by medical experts to avoid feeding their babies water.

Not only can giving water to newborns deprive them of essential nutrients, it can also lead to fatal water intoxication.

Parents are advised to feed their babies on baby formula or breastmilk up until the age of six months

Although many parents may see water as a healthy option for their infants, it can lead to serious repercussions if given to babies in large quantities.

Until a child is six months old, some experts recommend that they should only be given breastmilk or baby formula.

The NHS website states: “Fully breastfed babies don’t need any water until they’ve started eating solid foods.”

Dietician Katie Keratsky from Mayo Clinic offered similar advice when speaking to Buzzfeed.

She claimed: “Even on a hot day they can get all of their hydration needs through human milk or formula”.

Water does not contain the same essential nutrients as milk


Breastmilk and formula contains many essential nutrients for babies, which help babies to grow.

The important components of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals are not present in water.

Although the fluid will fill up your baby, it will not give them the same energy or nutrients that they need for growth.

In some cases, babies have fallen victim to water intoxication

In some cases, large quantities of water can be fatal for infants.

Katie Keratsky told Buzzfeed: “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.

“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.”