Infants under 6 months of age are particularly vulnerable to infection as their immune systems are still being developed. When preparing baby formula, it is important that you thoroughly wash and sterilise all bottles, teats and other equipment in preparing your formula as well as using cooled boiled drinking water for infants up until 6 months of age.
Young babies are still developing their immune system and organs so adequate drinking water needs to be sterilised for use in infant formula in order to prevent contamination which could lead to illness. It is recommended that you boil the water for at least one minute and then allowing it to cool before offering it to them.
What About Bottled Water?
Although natural mineral water is the purest form of water, it contains dangerously high levels of minerals like calcium which is unsuitable for babies as it is difficult for their kidney’s to cope with. The same rule applies when it comes to spring water; the water contains minerals and sodium which should be avoided in infants.
It is recommended that you use tap water or filtered water that has been boiled and cooled. Please consult with your healthcare professional as they will be aware of the local water suppy and which is the best water to use for your baby for your location and circumstance.
This information is provided as a guideline only and is not meant to replace your health professionals advice.