Even after your baby turns six months, too much water can pose a serious health risk.
It seems counter-intuitive – after all, as adults we’re frequently told we should be drinking more water.
The dangers of water intoxication in babies are very real, however, and one mum has shared her terrifying experience on Facebook after her 11-month-old daughter’s Emily close call.
“Water intoxication is very real and can happen so easily!” Katie Gorter wrote in her post shared to Facebook .
“Currently dealing with my 11mo having water intoxication. I only ever offer 2oz (60mls) a day and usually she doesn’t finish it.”
But it wasn’t the water she was giving her to drink that posed a threat.
“Yesterday she discovered she could drink the bath water. I didn’t think much of it at the time and later ended up rushing her to the ER.
“She became lethargic, started vomiting, and then was struggling to breathe! She had so much water in her it was compressing her lungs!”
Katie added a warning, saying even older babies like Elly were vulnerable to water intoxication and parents should keep an eye on how much water was being consumed.
Happily, little Elly is on the mend and the vomiting has stopped.
Her post has really struck a chord with many of her fellow parents who admitted they’d never heard of the risks.
What is water intoxication?
“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,” Katie Zeratsky, a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic told Buzzfeed .
“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.”