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Proper hydration of babies

Proper hydration of babies

Hydration is essential in babies, especially since water represents over 70% of the human body. There are several dilemmas of moms related to the proper hydration of babies, as some are breastfeeding, others have begun to diversify nutrition, and others do not know exactly what the amount of daily water for infants is. Here's how to properly hydrate your baby!

Babies are more easily dehydrated than adults!

The biggest danger to a baby that does not absorb enough water in the body is dehydration. You should know that your baby consumes more water than adults, especially because:

  • increased metabolism;

  • the skin is constantly maturing;

  • insufficient development of renal functions.

Signs of dehydration in babies are:

  • dry mouth;

  • sticky or insufficient saliva;

  • dry skin;

  • lack of tears in tears;

  • frequent contracting of the fountains;

  • rare urine (wet very few diapers a day);

  • apathy;

  • irritability etc.

Babies breastfed do not need water!

Breastfeeding provides the necessary hydration for the baby. This is what specialists say, who say that breast milk is made up of 99% water, which means that with each feeding it assimilates a sufficient amount to stay hydrated, without requiring any extra fluid.

Generally, the period of exclusive breastfeeding is done in the first 6 months, until the introduction of solid foods in the baby's diet. If you give the baby water during breastfeeding, it will interfere with the body's ability to absorb essential nutrients from the body. It can also create a false sense of satiety and cause undernutrition of the baby.

The only situations in which you can offer baby water in the first months of life are those in which the baby suffers from acute diarrhea, constipation or is hot season and needs extra fluid to compensate for the large losses. But even so, you can only offer water to the doctor's advice.

Between 6 months and 1 year!

From 4 to 6 months, you will begin to diversify your baby's diet. This is equivalent to reducing the number of breastfeeding. This is the time when you will have to gradually introduce water into its diet.

The amount of water from this period depends on the solid foods you enter in the menu. Usually, fresh fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in water and play an essential role in hydration. Thus, specialists say that up to the age of 1 year, the baby needs up to 250 ml of water a day.

Only if there are problems such as diarrhea, constipation, fever or during hot summer days, the amount should be slightly increased, according to the pediatrician's recommendations.

After 1 year

As you grow older, the amount of water you have to give your baby increases. This is because the amount of solid foods is increasing, and breastfeeding is greatly diminished.

So, besides milk (whether it's breast or dust), the baby should drink about 600 ml of water daily. From 2-3 years onwards, the quantity increases to about 800 ml daily.

What kind of water do you give your baby to drink?

If you have clarified the amount of water needed to feed your baby, you may now be wondering what kind of water to give them to drink: from the sink or bottled? The best drinking water for children is industrial purified water. Specialists advise moms to avoid tap water. This is the most harmful choice and should not be used even in the preparation of baby food. To be oriented towards the purified one or if not, the payment.

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