Water - "live" or bottled? How much water does a baby need? Does it depend on age, weight, weather conditions or temperature? And to what indicators should moms pay attention, when choosing water for their child? Journalists and bloggers found out the answers to these and other questions at a press event called "Water in the Baby's Diet".
Moms asked all of these questions about children's water and the peculiarities of a baby’s drinking regimen to Professor Sergey Viktorovich Belmer, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor of the Department of Hospital Pediatrics Pirogov Pediatric Faculty of the Russian National Research Medical University (RNIMU) No. 2.
Sergei Viktorovich said that there are two types of bottled drinking water, the first category and the highest category. However, babys’ water is in a completely separate category. That is, it should not only meet all the safety standards imposed on water of the highest category, but also be physiologically complete.
Dmitry Makarkin, Director of Innovation and Change Management Department of PROGRESS, explained what this means and how the producers achieve this.
Dmitry described in detail how the FrutoNyanya water for children passes from the well, which is located in the sanitary protection zone on the territory of the plant PROGRESS in Lipetsk, and ends up in the bottle. Natural drinking water from the well is piped to the water treatment department, where it is cleaned, conditioned and cleansed of bacteria. Then the water enters the bottling line, where, on modern equipment, the bottles (preliminarily made here by the blow molding machine) are filled with water and sealed. Then the labels are glued to the sealed bottles and marked with the date and time of production, the name of the production line and the final shelf life of the product. All of this must be present on the bottle. The final stage of production is the formation of bottles into group packaging, the stacking on pallets and transportation to the warehouse.
Children from 1 year and above should get about 50 milliliters of water per kilogram of weight per day, but this is taking into account all the liquids consumed, including cereals and soups, which, incidentally, also should be cooked using baby water.
Professor Belmer also spoke about ordinary drinking water and said that tap water that leaves the sewage treatment facilities, for example, in Moscow corresponds to the norms and is suitable for drinking, but it passes through iron pipes and is chlorinated, so for adults’ usage this water should be mechanically filtered. He added that the springs do not guarantee the quality of water, especially in such megacities as Moscow and the Moscow region, given the inevitable proximity of landfills and industrial enterprises around the cities. Therefore, any natural water must be obtained only from proven sources and wells. If we are talking about water for children, then there is absolutely no room for compromise! Children's water should only be bottled, and made by bona fide producers.