Keep your little ones hydrated in the summer heat

The summer heat is here, making it important to ensure your little one is properly hydrated. Follow this simple guide to help your child:⠀

Babies under 6 months get enough hydration if you are exclusively breastfeeding. Even when it’s hot your breast milk will adjust to provide more thirst quenching foremilk. When you start the weaning process, if your baby is on formula milk, offer boiled tap water, cooled in a bottle. Bottled water is not a healthier choice to tap boiled water and it’s often not sterile. If you have to use bottle water check the sodium level (indicated as Na) on the label and make sure it doesn't exceed 200 mg per litre.⠀

Between 6-12 months a baby needs about 60 - 250ml of additional water per day. Letting your child sip from their cup throughout the day will easily accomplish this. For babies younger than 12 month you can also offer cooled Rooibos tea after solids on hot days. Babies older than 1 year, who have moved primarily onto solids, need about 4 cups of water a day. They can also have rooibos tea with cow’s milk (70ml tea to 30ml milk) as a good addition to their liquid range. ⠀

From 12 months onwards you can introduce small quantities of diluted fruit juice (1 part juice to 10 parts water). Focus on water mostly and use the fruit juice as an occasional treat as it contains sugars that could cause tooth decay. Having water always available for your toddler creates a healthy habit of first choosing water for thirst.

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. MyMilkClub reserves the right to its opinions and fully supports the notion of promotion that breast is best in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) infant feeding guidelines. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life, and continued breastfeeding with complementary foods for up to two years of age. Breast milk is the best food for infants. Good maternal nutrition is essential to prepare and maintain breastfeeding. If breastfeeding is not possible, an infant formula may be used according to the advice of registered health professionals. Preparation and storage of any infant formula should be performed as directed on the tin in order not to pose any health hazards.