WATER AND NEWBORN
“Should water be given to newborn?” And “How much water should babies drink?”, These questions are always the most concerned issues for mothers of newborns and breastfeeding. According to nutrition experts, babies under 6 months of age only need to breast feed, because the mother’s milk is full of nutrients and water which are needed for the baby. When baby’s function is still weak, drinking a lot of water will cause water poisoning. Excess water will accumulate in the body and blood leads to excessive dilution, resulting in low levels of sodium in the blood stream and leading to water intoxication, which affects brain activity.
On the other hand, giving baby plenty of water can make them feel full and no longer crave for milk as before. Therefore, the absorption of milk also decreased, leading to stunted, slow weight gain. In addition, water can also be pathogens for baby if the water source is not safe and clean. The risk of diarrhea due to poor hygiene in newborn is due to the weakened immune system.
Make sure there is enough water in your breast milk. You need to drink enough water.
Mother should still give the baby a little water after the baby finished, in the following cases:
– Baby show signs of thirst like dry mouth
– The baby is hiccup
– The weather is too hot
– When a baby has a fever
– The baby has diarrhea or constipation
– Baby’s urine is dark yellow
– Drinking water should be freshly boiled. And best of all, mother should consult with a specialist.
Some notes when giving baby a drink:
– Do not give baby to drink before meals because it makes baby feel full, do not want to eat, dilute the gastric, not good for the stomach and digestive system in general.
– Give baby when they need, do not drink before or while eating.
– Limit your intake of water before bedtime, as it can make your baby more likely to “bearded” or wake up in the middle of the night, affecting their sleep.