Provide Water For Babies Aged 2 Months?
Night, my child is 2 months 3 weeks old, is it okay to give it water? And if it is not allowed for this age, what effect will it have if you have been given water? R nThank you.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. For babies under 6 months of age, an agreement has been formed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and it has also been agreed by all doctors, especially pediatricians, that the best nutrition is exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding means that the baby does not consume any food or drink, other than breast milk. Of course, this includes water, although water has been considered 'neutral' so far. Even if for one reason or another, a mother is unable to provide exclusive breastfeeding, then the recommendation for both is to provide formula milk.
This is because when given water, the baby has the potential to:
Experiencing malnutrition because plain water does not have any nutrients. Production of breast milk becomes less. Because by consuming water, the baby becomes full faster, breastfeeds less, and has an impact on the breast milk that becomes less. Interferes with the body's ability to absorb nutrients from milk Than breast milk, water is much more at risk of causing the baby to get an infection Cause the risk of water poisoning
So indeed, you should not give water to babies under 6 months of age. In cases where you have been given water, the best thing you can do is avoid doing the same until your baby is at least 6 months old. And if symptoms of infection appear such as diarrhea, fever, fussy, restless baby, and so on, don't hesitate to have your baby checked by a pediatrician. That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa