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can i give my baby coconut water

The clear liquid found in tender and green coconuts is called Coconut Water. This tender coconut water is a cooling, refreshing drink and also comes with medicinal and nutritional benefits. People of all ages love the taste of it and like to drink it worldwide, but when it comes to babies our questioning becomes obvious, How, When, Why, and How much Coconut Water can be given to babies? We shall include answers to all these in this article.

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Nutrients in Coconut Water

Benefits of Coconut Water

1. Loaded with essential nutrients like Vitamin B, proteins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, etc.

2. Helps keep children hydrated and energized on regular days and helps them re-hydrate during and post illnesses like fever, cold, flu, etc.

3. Contains lauric acid which is found in breast milk that aids in fighting infections and diseases and hence improve immunity.

4. The electrolyte content present here restores the loss of valuable salts from your child’s body when suffering from diarrhea.

5. Helps cure constipation, flatulence, and stomach ulcers and eliminates intestinal worms

When can we give it to babies? Can Infants have Coconut Water?

It is advised to offer coconut water to babies post a year only and in limited quantity. Until a year many try to offer it mixing with formula, baby food, or just as a plain liquid, but all these are to be avoided. Remember only breast milk or formula milk and a little water sips in between solids are advised to babies below a year.

During cold & flu, or in the winter season is it safe to offer Coconut Water to babies?

Cold or flu causes dehydration in babies, and hence coconut water is safe and good to offer in moderation as it helps in rehydration. Also, coconut water is a natural diuretic that increases the production of urine.

During winters babies are likely to urinate more and hence more consumption of it might increase the frequency. And hence in moderation, it is advised to be offered during winter.

Tips while considering to use Coconut Water

• Serve fresh and avoid stored coconut water for babies to avoid any nutrient loss. 

• Do not add or mix the coconut water with formula, baby food, etc.

• Do not replace coconut water with regular drinking water as it is high in sugars & potassium.

• It is safe to offer thin flesh to babies post a year.

• Strain coconut water to filter pieces of shell or any chunks before serving.

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