Giving Water To Children Aged 8 Months?
, I am a mother with a baby aged 8 months, after starting complementary foods, how come my child prefers to drink water instead of fluids? I gave additional suppor because I didn’t have much breast milk, would it be okay for my health u0026amp; growth?
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As children get older, children can begin to show preferences for certain foods or drinks. This is a very normal thing to happen. Even so, children under 1 year of age still get their main calories and nutrients from breast milk or formula milk. Complementary foods at the age of under 1 year are only in addition to supplement the child's nutrition and training for children to eat to the next stage. Water can also be given to children under 6 months, but should not be used as the main drink.
If the child continues to drink formula milk or breast milk in a normal amount as usual (not reduced), you may give your child plain water. However, if the consumption of formula milk or breast milk is reduced and the child drinks more water than formula milk or breast milk, this can certainly interfere with the child's growth and nutritional intake. Here are some of the things you can do:
Offer water only when the child is eating or after eating
Outside of meals, offer formula or breast milk first
Serve plain water in a different bottle from formula or breast milk (give in a sippy cup)
If the child still does not want to drink formula or breast milk, you should bring your child to the Pediatrician for further evaluation.
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