The role of water in the human body is very important, it can help transport nutrients in the body, participate in the metabolic response of cells, maintain blood pressure stability, regulate body temperature, and remove waste from the body. But how much water do newborns and babies drink every day to be healthy? What to pay attention to when feeding baby water?
The pediatrician recommends that you do not drink clear or distilled water until your baby is six months old. The baby needs enough water to get enough from breast milk and other baby foods (such as milk powder). Because the baby s diet is almost Exclusively breast milk or milk powder, and most of the milk and milk powder are water, babies usually do not need to drink extra water.
Once your baby starts to grow teeth, they will need fluoride to nourish the growth of new teeth, so it is time to let your baby drink drinking water. Some parents may want to drink more water because they are afraid of constipation. In fact, there are many reasons for constipation in babies, which are mainly related to their gastrointestinal functions. Although eating habits have an effect on constipation, it is not the main factor. Therefore, the amount of water intake mainly affects the amount of urine, not the quality and quantity of stool.
Although it is said that drinking more water can speed up metabolism and be beneficial to health, for a baby, drinking water at the inappropriate time will easily affect the body! One of the times when it is not appropriate to feed your baby is before eating . Drinking water before meals can dilute gastric juice, which is not conducive to food digestion. Drinking a swollen stomach will also affect the baby s appetite. Therefore, you need to advance a little bit and let your baby drink a small amount of water half an hour before meals. This can promote the secretion of saliva and help your baby digest food.
It is also not appropriate to feed your baby before going to bed. Younger babies cannot fully control urination after deep sleep. If they drink too much water before going to bed, they may easily have enuresis. Even without enuresis. Getting up a few times a night to urinate can also affect sleep. So mothers try not to feed the baby within 2 hours before going to bed; if it is really necessary, try to control the amount of water and let the baby lick a little to quench thirst .
Boiled water is the best drinking choice for your baby. After the multi-layer purification treatment of the boiled water, the microorganisms in the water have been killed at high temperature, and the elements such as calcium and magnesium are very beneficial to the body. But pay attention to drinking fresh boiled water, because the biological activity will be lost more than 70% when exposed to boiling water for more than 4 hours.
The study found that boiled water cooled to 20-25 degrees Celsius after boiling has specific biological activity. It is very close to the characteristics of the baby s body fluid, so it has good affinity with the cells in the body, and it is easier to penetrate the cell membrane and enter the In cells, and can promote metabolism and enhance immune function.
Too cold or hot water will damage your baby s delicate gastric mucosa and affect digestion. Therefore, in summer, it is best to drink plain water at room temperature, and in winter, it is best to drink plain water at about 40 degrees Celsius .
Age, room temperature, activity level, body temperature, water content in milk or food, etc. will affect your baby s need for water. Drinking water for babies from 6 to 12 months should be 120-160 ml per kg of body weight per day; drinking water for 2-3 years old will be 100-140 ml per kg of body weight per day. Depending on the baby s own condition, parents can supplement the baby with about 10 to 15% of their body water every day. As long as your baby s urination is normal, you can let your baby drink a small amount of water several times according to the actual situation. If your baby sweats a lot, you should increase the frequency of drinking water instead of the amount of water.