You need to gradually wean your child off breast milk after they turn 2 years old. He/she needs to get used to to drinking water and solid food – initially in the mashed form and gradually in their normal cooked consistency.
Now, the question is – when can your babies drink water? Read on to find out the proper time.
Water Intoxication and Gastroenteritis
An infant’s body can absorb nutrients from breast milk and formula. It is all that an infant needs for nutrition, including water.
Drinking water may also make an infant feel bloated and lose their hunger for drinking breastmilk. In some rare and serious cases, drinking too much water could make your child develop water intoxication.
This condition is caused by the dilution of water, leading to the congestion of sodium in the baby’s body and fluctuating electrolyte balance in the tissue. Water intoxication can easily cause swelling in healthy tissue and lead to seizures. In more severe cases, your kid may fall into a coma.
In case your baby suffers from stomach flu or gastroenteritis, your doctor might recommend medications and Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) to prevent dehydration.