Babies 0-12 Months

Is It Safe to Give Babies Water?

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A lot of time I get questions from new parents about what is safe to give babies when it comes to food and drinks. For example, a parent recently emailed to ask me:
“Do I need to give my baby water to drink when it’s hot outside?”

Answer:

Babies and young children need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated in the summer heat. Did you know water makes up over two-thirds of our body? Dehydration occurs when our body loses more flood than we take in. It’s import to have fluids for you and your baby in this hot weather!

Infants under 6 months shouldn’t drink water. Babies over 6 months can take in modest amounts.

The loss of liquids can be replaced by giving a baby more breast milk or formula. Older infants and toddlers can be given very diluted fruit juice using 100% juice or fresh fruit/vegetable juice.

Another source for giving hydrating an older baby or toddler is offering fruits and vegetables with water content that is 85% water or more. Some great fruits to try are strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Vegetables like cucumbers, zucchini, red and green tomatoes, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and broccoli are also high in water content. For more idea take a look at this handout for reference.

When planning daytime activities, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says to limit sun exposure as much as possible between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is strongest. This is especially true for infants, who are less able to sweat (our body’s natural way of keeping our internal temperature down). Be extra careful about bringing baby outside in temperatures above 100 F, which can be potentially hazardous to little bodies.

Before heading outside this summer, know the signs of dehydration:

  • Sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on the head
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Fewer and/or less than six wet diapers in a day
  • Lower energy levels and less playful activity

Since that’s a large portion of the day is hot outside, look for shade if you’re out and about to stay cool and protected from the summer heat. On very hot days, avoid overdressing your baby and keep an extra layer of clothing or light blanket in the diaper bag. Also, protect your baby’s face and neck with a brimmed hat whenever possible.

If you think your baby is dehydrated, call your pediatrician to be on the safe side.  Your pediatrician will do a thorough examination and let you know if you should offer an oral rehydration (like Pedialyte) to replenish lost vitamins.

*Sources: What To Expect.com and Creative Commons

Gifts for Moms Benefit – The Story

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The Gifts for Moms Benefit has a special place in my heart because on my personal experience growing up and then becoming mom. I have also spent years working with families and appreciating the unique circumstances and struggles for each one. 

 

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During my childhood, I underwent a series of surgeries for a genetic orthopedic condition. The surgeries happened over a two year period. As a single parent, my mother struggled to work full-time, attend school part-time and to take meet the daily needs of two children. The recovery from the surgeries included periods of time in which I had limited mobility. In addition, the demands of my daily care my mother also took me to frequent  follow-up appointments. Although this period to time was short it gave me an appreciation for a mother caring for a special needs child.

 

Caleb croppedAs the mother of a healthy 4-year-old son I consider everyday a blessing as I watch him grow! I almost made the choice of not having children. As I shared above that there is a genetic condition on my side of the family and at a young age my doctor told me to consider adoption over taking the chances of my child having the condition. My husband and I had conversations during my pregnancy and during Caleb’s first year about the possibilities of having a special needs child. I remember taking Caleb to an orthopedic specialist and looking at x-rays that showed normal development for Caleb and ruled out him having the condition. I cannot put into words the feelings I had at that moment other than thankfulness.

 

online-courses-for-children-with-special-needsAll of our children are special! Some children require parents to have even more patience, strength, and courage due to special needs. I’m excited about the opportunity to honor 75 mothers with $25 gift cards on Mother’s Day that recognizes the commitment they have to their child(ren). I hope this kind act will encourage and empower them to continue to love and care for their precious child.

Please support The Gifts for Moms Benefit.