1. How do I know if the baby is about to drink water?
Babies are not like adults. They don’t know if they are thirsty. They have to rely on their mothers or other caregivers to pay attention to them. If the baby keeps licking his lips with his tongue, or when he sees the baby’s lips become dry, or there is no urine when he should change his diaper, etc. Prompt the baby to drink water.
2. What kind of water is the healthiest for babies?
It is best to have unsweetened plain water. Because the baby drinks sweet water (beverage), the baby will not want to take breast milk for a long time, which is not good for the baby's growth and development. In particular, do not give your baby a variety of artificially prepared beverages, because these beverages have artificial additives that irritate the baby's gastrointestinal tract, which can cause discomfort, hinder digestion, and cause cramps.
3. This time the baby needs to drink water!
In addition to the above-mentioned need to drink water. Generally, between two feedings (feeding), the baby needs to drink water for a long time outside the house, after bathing, after waking up, before going to bed at night, etc., but you must be careful not to give him water before feeding, so as not to affect the breastfeeding .
4. How much water is appropriate for a day?
Because there are many factors that affect the human body's water requirement, such as age, room temperature, humidity, activity, body temperature, water content in milk or food, etc. Generally speaking, in the neonatal period, due to the frequency of breastfeeding, if the milk is sufficient, feeding 1~2 times a day is enough. With age, the number of water feedings and the amount of water fed each time will increase. But in practice, you can drink as much water as your baby wants, that is to say, if you don’t want to drink it, then forget it. This shows that there is enough water in the baby's body.