Not all mineral waters are suitable for children. Let’s see how to make the right choice and which baby water to buy
Moms know this well: not all types of mineral water they are suitable for babies of a few months and there is always the question of how much water and which to give to newborns and when to offer it to them. So let’s try to clarify such as baby water to choose and how to administer it.
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Baby water which brand?
We know that not all types of mineral waters are suitable for very young children.
Much depends on the amount of minerals which are found dissolved in water and which make up what is called fixed residue (which indicates the amount of minerals that remain in the water after boiling a liter at 180 degrees).
Based on this classification we can distinguish the mineral waters in four categories:
- minimally mineralized water (fixed residue below 50 milligrams per liter)
- low-mineral or slightly mineralized waters (fixed residue between 50 and 500 ml / l)
- medium mineral waters (fixed residue between 500 and 1500 ml / l)
- waters rich in minerals (fixed residue above 1500 ml / l)
From this point of view, the most suitable mineral water for newborns is the one with a concentration of mineral salts not exceeding 140 ml / lt because milk, both maternal and formulated, is already rich in these substances.
The risk of using water that is excessively rich in fixed residue is that of overloading the kidneys that are still in the development phase.
Water for infant formula
Which mineral waters to use for the preparation of the bottle? Among the best-selling brands we find water San Benedetto, Levissima, Sangemini, Panna and Sant’Anna. Starting from the premise that for this as for all questions concerning the newborn it is essential to ask your own pediatrician, we also cite this analysis conducted by the magazine Uppa which concludes that, in essence, tap water can be fine for children, even for diluting powdered milk.
When you can give water to babies
Babies feed only on milk (maternal or formula) and that is enough to guarantee them the right amount of liquids and even water. There is therefore no reason, especially for breastfed babies, to give them even simple water which generally has a very fluid consistency and a non-taste that does not appeal to very young children.
It makes sense to start offering water to babies a starting from 4 months, when you start giving him fruit in the early stages of weaning, especially because of the consistency and novelty of water and its difference from milk.
Water for constipated babies
Constipation can be a very common complaint in infants, especially in those fed with formula milk. To try to pose remedy for constipation and favor theevacuation, also increasing the softness of the stool, it may be useful:
- choose a formula milk already diluted, is on sale in practical 470 ml cartons and only needs to be heated: this way you can make sure that the proportion between powder and water is exact;
- make the baby drink even away from feedings by choosing a water such as Olive grove or Sangemini which promotes digestive processes;
- ask the pediatrician if it is not appropriate to reduce the intake of iron, which is contained in infant formula and could be responsible for constipation;
- there are specials sachets which must be dissolved in milk and which can be useful in solving the problem.
Always ask for the opinion of your pediatrician.
Water is essential for both children and adults: it constitutes 80% of body weight in newborns, and about 60% in adults. Why water is so important? Here are some of its fundamental functions for the body and health:
the waste and the toxins, as well as the products of metabolism;
guarantees the right consistency of the I did;
moisturizes the skin and mucous membranes;
it is crucial to keep it right temperature corporeal;
performs an essential function for the digestion, for the absorption and transport of the main nutrients, from vitinea to mineral salts;
lubricates joints and tissues;
influences cognitive abilities and reduces stress. Studies confirm that children who don’t drink enough are likely to be less alert and focused at school.
A few months old baby who weighs about 7 kilos needs a liter of water a day, while an adult of 70 kg averages 2 liters per day. The quantity increases in case of gastrointestinal disorders, such as vomiting or diarrhea, which involve a high loss of fluids that must necessarily be replenished as soon as possible.
The daily amount of water, then, increases with the passing of the years: children between 1-3 years need 1,200 ml of water …