Why can I not give my new born baby water to drink?

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There are various reasons why new born and babies younger than 6 months should not drink water. The three main reasons are:

  1. Water takes up place in their tiny bellies and contains no proper calories that they desperately need to grow and be healthy. It can also make them not interested in nursing that can cause feeding problems.
  2. It can cause possible water intoxication that result in the dilution of nutrient levels that is much needed.
  3. Water can cause the kidneys of the baby to flush out important electrolytes and salts that can cause dehydration.

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