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Subject: infants nutrition
Category: Health > Children
Asked by: iddoy-ga
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Posted: 05 Apr 2004 14:17 PDT
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Question ID: 325630
What is the recommended water intake for infants?
Subject: Re: infants nutrition
Answered By: jackburton-ga on 05 Apr 2004 16:57 PDT
Hi iddoy,
From the EPA website:
"The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA, 1989) for water intake are
1.5 ml/K cal and 980 K cal/day for a child between six months and one
year old. Thus, the RDA for a 10?kilogram child is equivalent to 1,275
ml of water/day."
From the Food & Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) website:
"For infants, a recommended intake of 1.5 mL/kcal of energy
expenditure, which corresponds to the water-to-energy ratio in human
milk, has been established as a satisfactory level for the growing
(scroll down to "Water and Electrolytes")
From the Webdietician website:
"Recommendation by National Research Council: 1.5 ml/kcal/day.
1.	Mahan, Kathleen L.; Escott-Stump, Sylvia. Krause?s Food, Nutrition,
& Diet Therapy, 10th ed. "Nutrition in Infancy" by Cristine M. Trahms,
MS, RD, FADA. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia."
I hope this answers your question.
Best regards,
Google web search: 
recommended water intake" infants
recommended water intake" "1.5ml"

Request for Answer Clarification by iddoy-ga on 05 Apr 2004 22:48 PDT
Thank you for your reply.
What happens if an infant 1 year old) drintks "too much" water? For
example, almost 2 litres a day?
Is there any danger in "too much" water?
What are the ramifications, if any?

(And I am not refering to diluted formula issues for infants under 6 months old).


Clarification of Answer by jackburton-ga on 09 Apr 2004 09:45 PDT
I have contacted a consultant paediatrician and paediatric nephrologist, who says:
"A one year old would normally be expected to drink about one litre of
fluid. If you drink a lot more water you can become overloaded with
water with a drop in the concentration of sodium in the blood. This
would be very unusual in a child of this age.
If (s)he is drinking this much water it raises the question as to
whether (s)he needs to drink it because of a kidney problem which
prevents him/her being able to concentrate the urine. I would consult
you doctor, certainly before withholding fluids."
Subject: Re: infants nutrition
From: maxicek-ga on 05 Apr 2004 23:47 PDT
Do these recommendations take into consideration whether or not the
child is brestfed?  Breastfed infants generally do not need additional

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