Rafferty's Garden Hydration tips for Babies

Summer Hydration Tips For Babies And Toddlers

Posted in Mum and Baby, Nutritional Information, Parent Know-How

Summer’s here and you’re probably needing to quench your thirst more often as hot days increase your need for fluid. But what of your baby or toddler? How can you best meet their hydration needs this Summer?

 

Meeting baby's needs

Just like you, your baby will need to drink more than usual to meet their fluid needs when days are hot. For breast fed bubs this means more breast feeds, though it’s likely you’ll find they’re shorter feeds as your little one seeks that thirst quenching fore milk. Breast fed babies need no other fluids.

For formula fed bubs, cooled boiled water between usual milk feeds will ensure they get any extra fluids they need.

 

Topping up toddlers

Fluid needs are not only met with what we drink but also with what we eat. Keeping a water bottle handy for toddlers and older babies on hot days is helpful, but so is offering more high fluid foods such as watermelon, oranges, mango and grapes. Try freezing fruit pieces for a novel and cooling snack.

 

Best drinks for older babies and toddlers

• Water is the best drink for all of us when we’re thirsty; it’s an ideal thirst quencher, it’s cheap and it's kilojoule free. Create a habit with water drinks at all meal and snack times. It’s one that will stand them in good stead as they get older.

• Cows milk as a drink is fine for those over 12 months of age, however limit it to snack, meal or bed times as too much milk can fill up little tummies and make appetite for food poor.

• Fruit juice is a sugar rich drink that can contribute to weight gain, dental caries and toddler diarrhoea. Avoid offering it in drink bottles and instead give it in a cup. Limit it to around 125ml a day and dilute it one-third juice to two-thirds water.

• Soft drinks, cordial, tea (herbal or black) and coffee are not recommended at all for babies and toddlers.

Keep watch

Young children and babies are at greater risk of dehydration than adults due to their size and less well developed thirst response. Offer extra fluids regularly on hot days and stay alert to the signs of dehydration which include:

• Fewer wet nappies
• Dark coloured or concentrated urine
• Irritability
• Skin hot and dry to the touch

And, if you are at all concerned about your baby or toddler, seek the advice of your medical practitioner.

About the Author

About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .

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