Tap water for babies: Is that okay?
What to consider
PARENTS WANT TO ENSURE OPTIMAL NUTRITION FOR THEIR BABIES
For this reason, many mothers and fathers pay attention to organic products. They want to make sure that their offspring enjoys pollutant-free food only, which is subject to regular quality control. Water plays an important role in the preparation of baby food. Especially in the first few months, a large part of the food consists of water. Here parents ask themselves the following questions: Which water is best suited for preparing baby food? Does it have to be baby water from the supermarket? Is the cheap and practical alternative tap water sufficient?
WHAT ARE THE LIMIT VALUES FOR WATER IN BABYFOOD?
In accordance with (WHO) the World Health Organisation a water whose content of minerals and chemical elements is below the following limits is suitable for the preparation of baby food:
AT WHAT AGE ARE BABIES ALLOWED TO DRINK TAP WATER?
There is no limit to when babies are allowed to drink tap water. Babies do not need additional fluid until the beginning of the seventh month. Nevertheless, it should be boiled in the first months of life, as the immune system of an infant is not yet fully matured. In principle, care should be taken:
- do not use standing water from the pipe
- run the water in the morning before use for a while
- use fresh, cold water
- Always boil tap water for babies
Diarrhea and vomiting can be caused by bacteria, which makes it useful to boil water for a period of between 2 and 5 minutes. But: When boiling, only pathogens and bacteria are killed. Heavy metals, such as lead or copper, nitrate and nitrite remain contained in the water despite heating.