Baby’s tummy does grow over the first 6 months of life, but it’s pretty gradual. By the time they’re 1 month old, their stomach capacity is about 2.7 to 5 ounces (80 to 150 mL). By 6 months — when you can introduce little sips of water — they can generally hold about 7 ounces (207 mL) at a time.
Thankfully, the best-choice beverages are really simple: water and plain milk.
|Suggested Daily Water & Milk Intake for Infants & Young Children |
|6-12 months||2-5 years|
|Water||4-8 oz/day 0.5- 1 cup/day||8-40oz/day 1 -5 cups/day|
|Milk*||None||16-20oz/day 2-2.5 cups/day|
But can your baby drink 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.
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.
A: Water is not recommended for any infant under four months of age. Although a small amount of water every now and again may not hurt, too much water can cause changes in the electrolytes in a babies bloodstream which could lead to seizures and death, so it’s best to not give any at all.
“In a 1-month-old, two ounces can be enough to cause problems, four ounces can cause coma and death,” he explained. Dr. Foland said it’s more common in summer months because people often think their baby needs water because it’s hot outside.
The CHOC Children’s hospital in Orange County, California recommends that a 1 – year – old gets approximately one 8-ounce cup of water every day. This amount increases each year. The number of 8-ounce cups an older child consumes each day should correspond with their age (up to a maximum of eight 8-ounce cups per day).
It’s normal for babies and children, especially toddlers, to drink a lot and pass lots of urine (wee). This is called habitual drinking. But excessive thirst and increased urination in babies, children and teenagers can be a sign of diabetes mellitus or diabetes insipidus.
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. “It’s a sneaky kind of a condition,” Anders said.
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.
If your baby is under 6 months old, they only need to drink breastmilk or infant formula. From 6 months of age, you can give your baby small amounts of water, if needed, in addition to their breastmilk or formula feeds.
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.
Adding too much water can cause these problems: Too few calories for proper growth. Seizures because your baby does not get enough salt in the blood. Nausea and vomiting.
” 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.
“ If you mix formula incorrectly― if you water it down or make it too concentrated―it disturbs the electrolyte balance, which may lead to serious neurological consequences.” The wrong balance of formula and water can cause nutritional deficiencies or dehydration.