Some micro-organisms that are harmless to adults can cause diarrhea or other illnesses in young children. That’s why the water you give your infant, whether in a cup, or mixed in formula or purées, must always be good quality. Plus, it must not contain high levels of mineral salts.
|Water recommended for infants||Water not recommended for infants|
|Municipal tap water||Water from lakes or rivers|
|Water from a private well that meets quality standards||Water from a natural source whose quality is not tested regularly|
|Commercial bottled or bulk-packaged water||Mineral or mineralized water|
If you are unsure of the quality of the water or if there is a public advisory against drinking or cooking with your water, do not give it to your baby. Give him recommended bottled water or water from a clean well or water supply that has been tested and approved.