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Drinks for babies from birth to 12 months

Posted in Children's health


Breast milk is the best drink for babies.

Alternatively, infant formula milk (and water) can be given. These are the only drinks that should be offered before 6 months.

fluid requirments 0 12months PDIG


Of course, for breastfed babies you cannot measure the fluid intake, but a well-hydrated baby no matter how they are fed, will have 6-8 wet nappies every day.

A baby who is not drinking enough will become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include:

If your baby has any of these signs, encourage small, frequent drinks of breast milk, or if feeding with infant formula milk, use the formula milk or cooled boiled water. If the signs continue, contact your doctor, public health nurse or dietitian for further advice.

Suitable Drinks

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Created by the Paediatric Dietitians’ Interest Group (PDIG) of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) November 2015. Review date: November 2018       

© 2015 Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute, INDI. All rights reserved. May be reproduced in its entirety provided the source is acknowledged. This information is not meant to replace advice from your medical doctor or individual counselling withadietitian. It is intended for educational and informtional purposes only.



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