With temperatures reaching an all-time high on both sides of the pond, a lot of parents are doing whatever it takes to make sure that their family stays cool and well-hydrated during the scorching summer months. But is it really necessary to give your baby water during a heatwave? That’s what many people want to know.
According to health professionals, moms and dads don’t have to carry an extra bottle of water around for their little tots to keep them cool, hydrated and above all satisfied while spending time outdoors. As a matter of fact, parents are being advised not to give their babies any water, regardless of what the temperature might be outside.
The Huffington Post reports that The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in the UK says that young babies under six months old don’t need to have any water or drinks other than their mother’s breastmilk. The NCT states that even in hot water, parents shouldn’t offer their babies water if they feed them breastmilk. To make sure that they stay cool, all moms have to do is breastfeed them more frequently if they need to.
But when it comes to baby formula milk, the NHS says that it’s okay to give your children a little water or a little cooled boiled water. They also want parents to keep in mind that water straight from the tap is not sterile and not suitable for young babies.
One of the reasons why babies don’t need water is because their kidneys are still developing. While adults are made up of about 60 percent of water, the average baby is made of about 75 percent of water. This means that even the slightest amount of water could affect the balance in a baby’s body. This can cause many different complications that include and are not limited to swelling of the brain, seizures, and in some cases, death.
Instead, parents are being advised to keep their babies cool by dressing them in the appropriate clothing and hats, and also using baby-friendly and organic sunscreen. And if the weather is still too hot to play outdoors, it’s best to stay inside, in hopefully an air conditioned home or apartment to help stay cool.