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Urgent warning to parents to NEVER give babies water during heatwave – The Sun


TEMPERATURES are expected to continue to rise this week, with many parents tasked with keeping toddlers cool and calm.

Hot weather can be distressing for toddlers as they are unable to regulate their own temperature.


Young babies can struggle with hot weather and are vulnerableCredit: Getty Images

Although we all know how important it is to drink water, experts have warned parents never to give it to their baby.

Child development expert Emily Salter says you should introduce water to your baby once they’re weaned – that’s usually around seven months.

Emily, who works with Aisha’s baby food, said even then it should only be a few sips here and there.

“If you are concerned about their hydration or if it is hot, offer foods high in water, such as melon, carrots, apples, berries, cucumber, grapes and oranges as well as yogurt,” said she declared.

This is because the smallest amount of water can affect the water balance in their tiny bodies – and specialists say this could prove fatal.

Giving a baby under six months a single sip of water could overload the kidneys, leading to a dangerous condition called hyponatremia.

Pharmacist Abbas Kanani told Yahoo UK: “The kidneys are also too immature in infants under six months old and water can cause intoxication due to an imbalance of electrolytes such as sodium.

“This can cause hyponatremia, which is when too much water has diluted the body’s sodium levels.

“It can lead to complications such as brain swelling, seizures and, in extreme cases, death.”

Kanani added, “Giving water to an infant can affect their ability to receive adequate nutrition.

“Their stomachs are so small and can easily fill with water, which makes it difficult for them to get the food they need.”

Until babies are at least six months old, most experts believe they should only be given breast milk or formula.

Dr Max Davie, head of health improvement at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “Like adults, babies and young children need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.

“If you are breastfeeding your baby, you don’t need to give him water in addition to breast milk.

“But they may want to breastfeed more than usual.

“Babies under six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight as they could get sick in very hot weather.”

How to keep your baby cool in the heat

The heatwave is making sleep a nightmare for most of us – and your baby will be no different.

Christabel Majendie, resident sleep expert at Naturalmat, said: “Make sure all bedding and pajamas are made from natural fibers and switch to lighter versions.

“Avoid waterproof mattress pads as they can cause children to sweat.

“If you put a fan in the bedroom, don’t point it directly at children and a warm bath before bed can help them fall asleep.

“For babies, you can check the room temperature with a digital thermometer and adjust the bedding accordingly.

“As a general rule, your baby needs one more diaper than the one you sleep in; if you sleep in light clothes and just a sheet, put your baby in the same diaper plus a light, breathable cotton blanket.

“In temperatures of 23 degrees and above, babies may just need light clothing and a sheet.

“Another good tip is to run a cool bath before bed – this will lower your child’s body temperature and set him up for a nap.

“If you find that your baby or toddler is really irritated and having trouble sleeping even after a while, try placing a damp flannel on their forehead for short intervals as this will calm them down immediately.

“Temperatures can change quickly, so be sure to check them throughout the night.

“Keep windows open and partially close blinds several hours before nap and bedtime.

“It helps keep the room from heating up in direct sunlight and also allows air to enter.

“Don’t be afraid to disturb your baby’s sleep either as their safety is the top priority, so if you think they need to be turned over and cooled, do so.”

Overeating can be dangerous

Jenni Dunman, Founder of Daisy First Aid, said: “Babies up to six months of age should be adequately hydrated through exclusive breast or formula feeding and should not need extra water, even in hot weather.

“Overfeeding babies with water can actually cause serious health problems.

“If you’re worried about dehydration or your baby is suckling enough, see your GP or nurse.”

Katie Zeratsky, registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, told Buzzfeed, “Water intoxication is when you consume too much water in a short period of time and your blood sodium levels drop…which makes the situation tragic.

“In the adult world, you should push yourself beyond craving and regulating to a point where you almost have to force absorption.

“As far as a baby is concerned, in most cases he would be too full to do that, so it would be more difficult to create that situation in an infant. It’s not impossible, though.”

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