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Can You Dilute Baby Formula?

Do you think that your baby's formula is too thick?  Reconsider any ideas of diluting your baby's formula.

You need a six-ounce bottle but you only have enough scoops for five ounces.  You are waiting for your next order of baby formula so you stretch out your servings with water.  Your little one is constipated and you wonder if more water in their formula will help bowel movements.  While you may have good intentions, diluting your child's formula can actually do more harm than good. 

Water Intoxication

While we need plenty of water in our diet, your baby needs the proper balance of water with baby formula.  When you offer too much water, your baby loses sodium that can affect the brain activity.  This can lead to seizures and even death.

Symptoms of Water Intoxication in Infants 

  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness
  • Low body temperature
  • Puffiness or swelling, especially in the face
  • Seizures


Diluting baby formula can do more harm than good.  In fact, it is dangerous.  Not only does it reduce the nutrients that your baby needs per feeding, it can impact their growth and development.  The greatest risk of water intoxication for babies can be seizures.

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