Nutrition in Children

The Importance of Baby’s Water During Developmental Process

It’s thought to be inconvenient to give water to the baby before completing the first 6 months. According to scientific researches breast milk satisfies the need for water. Babieswhose need for water is satisfied with the breast milk, will not need to drink water. For this reason, there’s no reason for babies younger than 6 months to drink water. If parents ignore this fact and give their babies water might cause them to have diarrhea. Babies shouldn’t be given water or sugary drinks before they’re 6 months old.

It is the same for babies who are nursed with formula. Since the baby formulas are prepared according to the needs of babies, they contain enough water and it fulfils the baby’s water need. It’s not a right thing to give your child water aside from the breast milk or formulas. Since the baby will satisfy his/her need, he/she will reject the breast milk or the formula. This leads to lack in intake of calories.

In extreme cases such as hot weather conditions, diarrhea or vomiting water may be given to relieve the need for it.

The baby should be boiled and then cooled down before given to the baby. The reason is that the baby’s body is more sensitive and weak against the microbes. When preparing the formula, make sure that the water you use is clean. It will be enough to boil the water for ten minutes. As the mineral content changes as you boil the water more, it can be harmful for the child.

In the first 6 months babies express that they’re thirsty by crying, a little older babies express it by pointing with their fingers. We can tell from the child’s skin, teeth, dryness of his/her mouth whether he/she is thirsty.

Children’s water or fluid need should be fulfilled during the day. The body needs water to digest the food in the stomach. It’s possible to get liquids in any way. 90% of the foods we eat contain water. For this reason, drinking water before and after meals has no meaning. Drinking water before meals in babies will cause their tiny stomach to fill up quickly. There won’t be enough room for calories need to be taken. So the child will be underfed. After a while, the baby will feel hungry again.

Children between 1 and 3 years of ages, should drink 1.3 litres of water per day.

Children between the ages of 4 and 8 should drink 1.4 litres of water per day.

Children between the ages of 9 and 13, the need for water varies depending on their genders. Girls should consume 2.1 litres of water per day, and boys should drink 2.1 litres, which is more than girls.

Around the ages of 14 and 18, the need for water consumption varies.

Girls should drink 2.3 litres of water a day and boys should drink 3.3 litres.


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