As it will be exclusively breastfed your baby does not need water. At the beginning of each feeding, breast milk actually contains more water, which quenches the. After a few minutes, the milk becomes richer in fat and protein. However, when your baby is bottle-fed, it may need to be refreshed. It will demand more if it’s hot, if it has diarrhea or has a fever. Or at baby, the risk of dehydration is important, first because of the high proportion of water in the body (75% up to 3 months) and then because the immaturity of his kidneys increases its losses water. It is therefore very important to ensure adequate hydration.
How to choose baby water?
Bottle, choose a weakly mineralized water such as Evian, St. Albans, Aquarel, Volvic, Vittel or Valvert and marked “suitable for infant feeding.” Means water “weakly mineralized” water with the label displays a dry residue content of less than 500 mg / l. These waters are almost free from nitrates, compounds present in tap water at rates vary widely between regions and cities. Nitrates are particularly harmful to the fragile body of your baby.
Before the age of 6 months, your baby’s digestive system promotes the conversion of nitrate to nitrite. These are poisons in hemoglobin which block transfer phenomena oxygen level of red blood cells. This is why pediatricians recommend using a water containing less than 15 mg of nitrate per liter.
From the age of 6 months, when your child is moved to a varied diet, tap water (as long as its nitrate content is low) is suitable for drinking and food preparation. From this age, nitrate levels between 50 and 100 mg / liter can be temporarily tolerated. Thus, if the tap water may be suitable for baby, it may have a higher risk of lead poisoning or nitrates.
Turn the water on the fire
Before 6 months of your baby and the precautionary principle, it is better to boil tap water and limit its use to carry bottles of milk. If you travel abroad or water is not necessarily safe, it will prove an effective solution to remove contaminants. Pour the water into a saucepan. When it comes to a rolling boil, allow 1 minute. To cool quickly, dip the pan in cold water. Do not use the kettle, which promotes calcium deposits. In addition, some electric kettles switch off automatically after a few seconds of boiling, which is insufficient. Boiled water will keep 2-3 days in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container and sterilized, or 24 hours at room temperature.
Provided that it is not sweet
In any case, never use baby (before 6 months) tap water with a water softener or filter. If a water softener reduces the problems of scale, however, it has no effect on nitrates, pesticides, and bacteria. In addition, softeners remove some of the calcium and magnesium essential for the baby’s body and greatly increase the amount of sodium in the water. This can be dangerous for infants whose kidneys are not efficient enough to eliminate a large amount of salt too. In addition, water is corrosive too soft. It can then attack the pipe and take care of some metal composite (plomb. ..) are particularly dangerous for the health of your little one and you. On the use of carbon filters reputed to improve the taste of water retaining chlorine, they are also sometimes impregnated with silver metal known for its antibacterial properties.
Reminders for baby
- Use water with a label marked “suitable for the preparation of infant food”
- Store it away from heat and light;
- Do not keep an opened bottle for more than 24 hours;
- Prefer small capacities bottles for your baby consume more quickly;
- Prohibition drink “on the bottle” water baby. Reserve for personal use;
- Avoid waters rich in fluorine (as Cristaline) if your baby receives daily Fluorine (Zymaduo, Zymafluor, Fluorex);
- If your baby is constipated, use for one to three days mineral water rich in minerals (type HEPAR) that accelerate transit.
Finally, keep in mind that your baby can not regulate its own water consumption can not ask for a drink when he is thirsty! It is therefore important to keep an eye on hydration.