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baby will fill up on wa­ter and skimp on milk, which is her sole source of nutri­tion in the first few months. Breast­fed ba­bies do not need ex­tra wa­ter,” ex­plains Pippa. Trust your gut in­stinct though and give your baby some cooled boiled wa­ter (a tea­spoon or so) if it is re­ally hot.

Once your baby starts solids, you can also give her some wa­ter to drink in a sippy cup. “Black rooi­bos tea with­out sugar is also safe to in­tro­duce when you start solids. Avoid reg­u­lar Cey­lon tea as it con­tains caf­feine,” says Pippa.

When it comes to juice, it’s a def­i­nite no-no be­fore six months. If you have to give your baby juice, be sure to use pure fruit juice and to di­lute it heav­ily with wa­ter (one part juice to three parts wa­ter). “Try to avoid it for as long as pos­si­ble due to the high lev­els of sugar,” says Pippa. And never send your baby to bed with a juice or milk bot­tle, as this will cause tooth de­cay. Wa­ter is the safest way to go. food al­lergy, which means that moth­ers are given con­flict­ing ad­vice about when com­ple­men­tary feed­ing should start. “Most al­lergy and gas­troin­testi­nal opin­ion lead­ers sug­gest that com­ple­men­tary feed­ing may oc­cur from four months of age on­wards, while the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion rec­om­mends that com­ple­men­tary feed­ing should only start after six months,” says Kath. Be­sides the age fac­tor, there are other signs to look out for that will tell you your baby is ready to start eat­ing solids. Pippa ad­vises that the fol­low­ing are signs that baby is ready to start eat­ing solids:

Your baby is more than 17 (full) weeks old.

She’s dou­bled weight (at least).

Is able to sit sup­ported and hold head steady by her­self.

Shows an in­ter­est in your food and eat­ing.

Wakes at night when she was pre­vi­ously sleep­ing through.

Seems hungry de­spite her milk in­take.

Re­mem­ber that each mom and baby is unique, so al­ways dis­cuss your sit­u­a­tion and your baby’s needs with your health­care pro­fes­sional be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion. en­sure that the cor­rect dose is given. Parac­eta­mol is the safest form of pain med­i­ca­tion to give to a baby (un­der six months) for pain and fever.

From six months on­wards, you can give your baby pae­di­atric ibupro­fen or parac­eta­mol liq­uid or sup­pos­i­to­ries. Parac­eta­mol and ibupro­fen can be ad­min­is­tered on the same day (al­ter­nat­ing) ev­ery eight hours, with not more than three doses per day and not more than three days con­tin­u­ously.

Q SHOULD MY BABY BE WEAR­ING SUN­SCREEN?

AN­SWER Der­ma­tol­o­gists strongly rec­om­mend that ba­bies and chil­dren up to the age of three years not be ex­posed to di­rect sun­light, as the skin’s own pro­tec­tion sys­tem is not fully de­vel­oped yet. The Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa (CANSA) warns par­ents that just one blis­ter­ing sun­burn in child­hood more than dou­bles a per­son’s chances of de­vel­op­ing melanoma later in life. Be­cause of this we need to be ex­tra vig­i­lant when it comes to pro­tect­ing our chil­dren from sun dam­age.

How­ever, if you are go­ing to be in the sun with a very tiny baby for a very short pe­riod, ap­ply a baby-spe­cific hy­poal­ler­genic SPF all over her. Also dress her in long sleeves and a hat.

You can use chil­dren­spe­cific SPF for­mu­la­tions to pro­tect your baby against re­flected sun­light from six months. Al­ways test the sun­screen on a small area of your baby’s skin to check for any skin re­ac­tions. YB

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