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For a baby, swallowing water is a common instinctive response whenever they place their face in water. Although babies instinctively hold their breath under water, they continue to swallow. For this reason, it is important to prevent her from ever having her face submerged until she grows out of this. Swallowing large quantities of water, which babies do during water play, can dilute the blood, leading to water intoxication and illness. Also, if she is getting her ears under the water, it can increase chances of ear infections.