Water consumption in babies

Water consumption in babies

Water is considered to be one of the most vital nutrients required for human body. It serves as a cornerstone for most body functions and hence adequate water consumption every day for your baby is very crucial. Sufficient amount of water in human body can help in maintaining blood volume and can help in lubricating body tissues. Good intake of water every day can also help in increasing your child’s weight.

However, water consumption in babies depends upon their age group. Take a look below to find out about the daily intake of water required for your child.

If your baby’s age is below six months, you do not need to give him any extra water. This is because; infants below 6 months of age get enough fluids from their mother’s breast milk or through formulas. If your little one gets hiccups, a sip or two is fine. Although it is not recommended to give your baby too much water as it can fill up his or her tummy and thus your baby’s breast milk intake will be reduced. This can reduce the nutrition intake of your baby as well. In some cases, consumption of too much water can cause a condition called water intoxication in infants. This can lead to a severe and dangerous electrolyte imbalance.

If you have a child between the age group of 6 to 12 months, the water intake can be a little higher. You can probably start by introducing a sippy cup filled with water to make your child accustomed to the taste of water. For babies of this age group, we recommend 2 to 4 ounces of water per day. This quantity can vary if your child is suffering from a case of constipation or if the climatic condition is extremely hot or humid. In such a case the water intake can be around 6 ounces per day.

For children who are above 12 months of age, you should start offering water during or after every meal. This can help your baby receive enough calcium & quench his/her thirst. It will also increase their everyday fluid intake. Fluid intake does not necessarily have to be water, you can increase baby’s water intake by giving him fluids like apple juice and barley water. One way to find out if your baby is getting enough hydration is through the color of his / her urine. If the color is pale yellow, it indicates that your baby is heathy & hydrated.

Here’s a table for your reference:

Age Recommended Water Intake
0-6 months Extra intake not needed
6-12 months 2-4 ounces water per day
12-18 months 11-19 ounces water per day

 

We hope this article was helpful for you. To know more about child health, visit our blog here.

(Note: Zahi Butik Organics only provides recommendations based on best practice that a parent should follow. These recommendations should always be discussed with your doctor or pediatrician. It is always best to follow your doctors/pediatrician orders. Please contact your doctor or emergency services, in case of emergency or if your child is unwell or not responding well to recommendations provided)

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