water intox REV 2011

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1 LOUISIANA WIC NEWS Water Intoxication February 2011 Did you know that adding too much water to your baby’s formula could be harmful and may even lead to death? This is known as water intoxication. What are the signs or symptoms of Water Harmful? But I thought water Intoxication? was good for babies. Unusual Fussiness Extreme drowsiness Water intoxication may occur in either Unexplained changes - breastfed or formula fed infants. in behavior Water intoxication may be caused by adding too much water to Low body temperature your baby’s formula, by force feeding water to your baby or by (97 degrees or less) substituting water for either breast milk or infant formula. Unusually clear or pale Since your baby was born with a strong urge to suck, it can be color of urine very easy for your baby to take in too much water in a short amount of time. Unusual number of wet diapers (more than 6 to The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents to not try 8 daily) Stretching their budgets by adding extra water to infant formula. Instead, follow the manufacturer’s directions on the formula can. Puffiness or swelling in the face If you have questions about how to feed your baby or your baby’s water needs, be sure Seizures to ask your baby’s doctor. Want to Find Out More When should I give my baby about WIC in Louisiana? some additional water? 800 - Call 1 BABY - 251 - Under normal conditions, the water needs of healthy babies are met by the correct amounts of breast milk or properly prepared infant formula. Offering water in a cup When your baby gets a little older, your doctor Usually, extra water is not necessary, even in hot or dry may recommend feeding a small amount of water weather. A baby may have severe problems if too much (4 to 8oz per day) in a cup after solid foods are water is given. introduced at around 6 months of age. If your baby is sick, your pediatrician may give you Don’t forget to talk to your doctor about how much specific instructions on the types and amounts of extra water should be offered to your baby. fluids to give your baby. * Infant Nutrition and Feeding: A Guide for Use in the WIC & CSFP Programs: USDA Revised September 2008

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