When Water Is Harmful For Babies

I just came across a couple of interesting links today about water and when it is potentionally harmful for infants.

Take a look.

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Extra Water Can Be Harmful For Babies – Baby Gooroo

“Water is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day—unless you’re a baby under 12 months of age. Breast milk (or formula) provides all the water babies need, even those living in hot climates. Water also lacks the nutrients found in breast milk, and puts babies at greater risk for a serious condition called hyponatremia.”

“There is no safe amount of free water for infants,” according to board certified pediatrician and neonatologist, Dr. Angela McGovern, M.D. from The Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C. “Too much water can not only dilute the salts in the body putting infants at risk for seizures, it can make babies feel full without providing them any nutrition. For best health and nutrition in the first year of life, the only fluid an infant needs is breast milk or properly prepared formula.”

Read more: http://babygooroo.com/2012/03/extra-water-can-be-harmful-for-babies/

And it can also be dangerous if your baby is drinking nitrate contaminated tap water.

My first thoughts were why would anyone feed their baby water under the age of 1 anyway? Well, it didn’t hit me until someone else pointed it out, but powdered formula requires water. Wait. What? Wow. How do we know that our tap water is safe to use for our little babies and ourselves?? What are the health effects of nitrates in drinking water?

Read Basic Information about Nitrate in Drinking Water – US Environmental Protection Agency

What are nitrate’s health effects?
Infants below six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.

How does nitrate get into my drinking water?
The major sources of nitrates in drinking water are runoff from fertilizer use; leaking from septic tanks, sewage; and erosion of natural deposits.

How will I know if nitrate is in my drinking water?
When routine monitoring indicates that nitrate levels are above the MCL, your water supplier must take steps to reduce the amount of nitrate so that it is below that level. Water suppliers must notify their customers as soon as practical, but no later than 24 hours after the system learns of the violation. Additional actions, such as providing alternative drinking water supplies, may be required to prevent serious risks to public health.

Public Notification is intended to ensure that consumers will always know if there is a problem with their drinking water. These notices immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health. They also notify customers if their water does not meet drinking water standards, the water system fails to test its water, or if the system has been granted a variance (use of less costly technology) or an exemption (more time to comply with a new regulation).

Ok, ok.

But how often is this so-called routine monitoring? How long would people be consuming contaminated water until it was tests? How long does it take for the so-called immediate Public Notification? Because mailing a letter takes a couple of days and do they have our home and cell numbers??

My thoughts? Be careful when it comes to what you feed every member of your family, from your little ones to yourself. Food, formula, breast milk, water.

And install a reverse osmosis system in your home, stat!

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