You asked: Is tap water OK for babies?

Can tap water hurt the baby?

She told us a few things about bottled baby water and emphasized that baby water is not sterilized water, it’s simply been purified or distilled. In fact, she says that tap water is completely safe for babies to drink alone or mixed with formula if the baby is under 6 months old.

What happens if babies drink tap water?

Using tap water helps protect your little one’s budding teeth because it has added fluoride. But, because babies are tiny, they can sometimes get too much fluoride if you use tap water all the time. Boiling tap water doesn’t change how much fluoride is in it.

Can babies drink normal tap water?

Babies under six months should only drink tap water that has been boiled and cooled down. Water straight from the tap is not sterile so is not suitable for younger babies. Once your baby is six months old, you can offer them water straight from the tap in a beaker or cup.

How do I know if my tap water is safe for baby?

To ensure that your child is consuming safe drinking water, you can check the water quality by contacting the county health department, the state environment agency, or the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

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When can I start giving my baby tap water?

For babies under 6 months, you should not use water straight from the mains tap in the kitchen as it is not sterile. You will need to boil the tap water first and then let it cool down. Water for babies over 6 months doesn’t need to be boiled.

How long should I boil tap water for my baby?

Boil water for babies under 4 months

  1. Fill a pot with water.
  2. Boil at a full rolling boil for at least 1 minute.
  3. Cool the water before giving it to your baby (do not add ice cubes to boiling water to cool it).
  4. Transfer the boiled and cooled water into sterilized containers.

What water is safe for babies?

You can start giving your baby bottled water after six months, though. Mineral water for babies is fine as long as the level of dissolved minerals (such as sodium and fluoride) in it are low. The key thing to remember is that you should boil water that you’ve collected from a safe source when you mix infant formula.

Why babies should not drink water?

It’s because babies’ bodies aren’t suited for water until several months after birth. Tiny tummies and developing kidneys put them at risk for both nutrient loss and water intoxication.

What happens if you don’t boil water for formula?

Powdered infant formula milk is not sterile. Even though tins and packets of milk powder are sealed, they can still contain bacteria. Water that hasn’t been boiled can also contain bacteria. Formula therefore needs to be made up with water hot enough to kill the bacteria, which is at least 70 degrees C.

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