Just to share about the reasons why babies under the age of 6 months do not require ANYTHING other than breastmilk/F. Please do not feed water to your infant under any circumstances.
If your LO has diarrhea, increase the frequency of breastfeeding. No sugar water, no milo, no iced water, no ribena. Yes, breastmilk IS like magic water.
It can be used for nourishment as milk, as a moisturiser, as nipple cream (water?!). Maybe someone should package and market breastmilk as the original 神奇水 (miracle water).
As parents, we should protect our young and be firm especially when it comes to our child’s health.
Some family members may insist on feeding water to your baby due to reasons such as
1. Weather is too hot
-> Healthy newborns enter the world well hydrated and remain so if breastfed exclusively, day and night, even in the hottest, driest climates.
2. Baby does not seem to be hydrated enough
-> Breastmilk is 88 percent water.
The water content of breastmilk consumed by an exclusively breastfed baby meets the water requirements for infants and provides a considerable margin of safety.
3. Baby has diarrhoea
-> In the case of mild diarrhea, increased frequency of breastfeeding is recommended. When an infant has moderate to severe diarrhea, caregivers should immediately seek the advice of health workers and continue to breastfeed, as recommended in the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) guidelines.
Infants that appear dehydrated may require Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), which should only be given upon advice of a health worker.