Sunday, June 22, 2008

Water Hazard For Baby

Health experts from Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, United States warned the parents not to give water to babies under six months old. According to a results of their research, baby under 6 months old will experiencing intoxication or poisoning if too much often drink water.

Has become a standard that baby under 6 months old ought to only get food from the heed. Not only sterile, HEED was solid natural food nutrition and no match like any other food.

According to the experts in John Hopkins, give water to a baby could trigger the thirst reflex so as they would be excess liquid.

"Even when they're very tiny, they have an intact thirst reflex or a drive to drink," Dr. Jennifer Anders, a pediatric emergency physician at the center, told Reuters Health. "When they have that thirst and they want to drink, the fluid they need to drink more of is their breast milk or formula."

Because babies kidneys aren't yet mature, giving them too much water causes their bodies to release sodium along with excess water, Anders said. 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.

Early symptoms are subtle, so seizures may be the first symptom a parent notices. However if the baby get an early medical treatment, the seizure could possibly would not cause long term effect.

Anders and her colleagues said, water to drink must be avoided for six months old baby and younger. The parents also should also avoid using over-diluted formula, or pediatric drinks containing electrolytes.

Anders said it may be appropriate in some cases to give older infants a small amount of water; for example to help with constipation or in very hot weather, but parents should always check with their pediatrician before doing so, and should only give the baby an ounce or two of water at a time.

If a parent thinks their child may have water intoxication, or if an infant as a seizure, they should seek medical attention immediately, she advised.

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