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The body of the infant is composed of water in an 80 percent

The water is hydrating and the natural liquid more healthy, avoid dehydration and is vital for cell function. Adults should drink up to two liters of water daily, but what about the babies? how much water should you take?

First you should know that the World Health Organization (who) recommends that babies start to drink water after six months of age.

Giving water to young babies puts them at risk of diarrhea and malnutrition. The water may be contaminated and cause infection in the baby. Give water can cause that the baby will consume less breast milk or discontinue breastfeeding early and, as a result desnutra. If mothers give water instead of breast milk, they may decrease your milk production, adds the WHO.

Breast milk is composed of water in an 80 per cent. Babies do not need extra water, or in hot climates.

After six months of life, babies need an average of 700 milliliters of water. The water represents the 60 or 80 percent of the weight of the baby. From six months of age the baby may take water, taking care that it is free of germs, but the water can continue flowing from the breast milk.

Six months to a year of age, children increase their need for water of between 1100 to 1200 milliliters daily. This amount of water can come from fruits and food.

Children two to three years: about 1300 ml each day.

Children four to eight years: about 1600 ml each day.

It is recommended that the baby, from six months of life will offer water, but do not force them to take it if you don't want to. Take care always that the liquid that take infants don't contain added sugars.

Read also: How to care for your newborn baby?

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