Store-bought formula is specially designed for your baby with the right balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Altering the formula unnecessarily may mean that your child does not get their full dose of nutrition.
However, there are some doctors who will advise you to add more water to the formula to help with constipation. If this is the case, then it should only be done with great caution to avoid further upsetting your baby.
There are cases of parents who are unaware that adding extra water can cause problems if it is done regularly, and it can lead to what is known as water intoxication. Too much water for developing bodies can become problematic and when it dilutes your blood it can also affect sodium and potassium levels. Babies are typically not able to handle water in their diet until they are at least six months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other similar bodies ask that parents avoid this practice if it is possible.
Remember: Water Intoxication is a Real Issue
Altering the water to powder ratio can slow your baby’s growth and development as well as disturb electrolyte balances leading to seizures.
To be on the safe side, always follow the formula label unless instructed by a medical professional. If you are having financial issues and are not able to afford formula, seek help from a pediatrician or social service agency before taking matters into your own hands and watering the recipe down.