Is there evidence that introducing liquids (tea, boiled water) to infants earlier than 6-months' old damages their health?
At Circle of Moms, I read an answer to a question about feeding a 1-month old boiled water and herbal tea:
This is extremely dangerous. A breastfed baby under 6 months should not be given any water, tea, juice, etc. because it will fill them up and prevent them from taking in adequate calories. And this mom is giving 5 oz of water at least 4 times a day!! This baby is being deprived of calories and will begin to exhibit signs of failure to thrive very soon, if s/he has not already. Very scary. Please intervene and if necessary call the authorities.
In rare cases, a baby who drinks too much water can develop a condition known as water intoxication, which can cause seizures and even a coma. Water intoxication happens when too much water dilutes the concentration of sodium in the body, upsetting the electrolyte balance and causing tissues to swell.
Some people say that giving them water is good for them, some say it's bad... What is the scientific truth?