Sterilized water for infants-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
IN YOUNG children, the role of water is more crucial since children have higher requirements for water and higher percentage of water in the body compared to adults.
At birth, water accounts for almost 75 percent of body weight compared to 55-60% in adult males and 45-50 percent in adult females.
Dr. Joy Ty-Sy, a pediatrician, discussed the dangers of unclean water: “Young children are highly vulnerable to infections, so parents need to be sure that the water their little ones drink is free from chemical impurities, bacterial, and other disease-causing organisms such as amoeba, which can harm their developing bodies. I remind parents to be strict about their personal hygiene and have preventive measures they can implement at home especially for their water source.”
Dr. Josie Rogacion, a Pediatrician Gastroenterology and Nutrition Specialist, adds: “Water cleanliness is a major concern particularly in developing countries like Philippines because of poor sanitation, unhygienic feeding practices and inadequate safe water supply. Diarrhea is the third leading cause of mortality among children under five years old and the 10th leading cause of infant deaths in our country.”
Leading health authorities such as the World Health Organization, United States Food and Drug Administration, and American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend the use of sterilized drinking water by infants. Water for the family may not be safe enough for your baby. Trust the doctor. Choose Dr. Edwards bottled water with advanced purification and autoclave sterilization system. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2013.