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How to make Rice water for babies at Home:
Rice water is the starch that is formed on boiling rice. Most mothers prefer feeding their babies with rice water for its health benefits. Making rice water is really very easy. The methods are explained below-
Method of preparation:
- Wash 2 tablespoons of rice thoroughly under running water and soak it in ½ cup of water for 15 minutes.
- Add ½ cup of water to the saucepan and allow it to boil on high heat.
- Lower the heat to medium and add the soaked rice with water to the boiling water.
- Cover the saucepan and cook well until the rice becomes smooth.
- Remove from heat and strain the rice.
- Collect the rice water (milky liquid) and feed the baby.
- Usually rice water gets thicker on cooling. It may be diluted with normal water before feeding the baby.
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Health Benefits of rice water for the babies –
- Smooth on the Digestive System: Rice water is an easy feed for babies as boiling the rice makes it lose the nutrient present in the water and then it is fed to the babies. Babies can easily digest rice water, making it an inevitable part of a baby’s diet plan. Add a pinch of salt to improve the digestion as well.
- Helps to treat Constipation: It is considered to be one of the oldest remedies to treat constipation in babies and toddlers. You can give the constipated kid about 2 ounces of rice water with 3 drops of sesame added to it in every 3 – 4 hours. Just make sure that the rice water is slightly warm.
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Natural antidote for Diarrhea and Vomiting:
There is a risk of dehydration to the baby especially due to diarrhea and vomiting. Feeding the baby with 3 oz cool rice water every three hours will help in preventing dehydration. Rice water is a cheap and readily available choice of dehydration fluid as a replacement for the fluids lost in vomiting and diarrhea.
For people who don’t have access to intravenous rehydration or electrolyte solutions, rice water is better than plain water as a rehydration source. The presence of carbohydrates and Vitamins helps in faster recuperation from fatigue as well. Adding salt to the rice water helps to replenish the eroded sodium levels.
Enriched with Vitamin B group:
Rice is a rich source of Vitamin B group and rice water gets a good share of the same. These vitamins play an important role in the proper physical and mental development of the babies therefore it is essential to feed your baby with adequate amount of rice water in their initial phases.
Provides high levels of energy:
Being laden generously with carbohydrates, rice water serves as a fabulous source of energy for the infants. Carbohydrates are essential for the babies to keep their activity levels up throughout the day. Also, rice water is easily digestible for your toddler.
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High protein levels:
It is very important to incorporate proteins in a baby’s diet as soon as possible. Rice water has proteins and you can start feeding your baby as soon as he is 5 months. This is because they help in building the muscles and your child needs to have strong legs as this is the phase where they start learning how to crawl and walk.
Helps in healing itchy skin conditions:
Skin of the babies is extremely delicate and could trigger various itchy skin conditions, including diaper rashes and eczema. Giving the baby a bath with strained, undiluted rice water with a few drops of sesame oil added to it also helps in treating the itchy skin. Also, the water can be applied topically on the affected area for a couple of times a day to hasten recovery process. It hydrates the affected region, thereby easing the itchy condition. The oils present in rice also help to moisturize the skin of the baby by soothing the dry patches of eczema.
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Helps in faster recuperation during Cold, Flu and Fever:
According to studies, rice water has proven to work as a natural antipathetic agent. It helps in reducing the fever. Warm rice water is also known to ease the phlegm collected in the chest during cold. It also helps in relieving chest and nose congestion and helps to recover faster.
The best thing about rice water is that you do not have to throw away the extra rice. After using the rice water for your babies, mothers can use the cooked rice for themselves and their family. This will prevent wastage of food and will also be helpful in utilizing all the essential nutrients of rice as well.
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Given the benefits of rice, it is one of the staple diets in almost every household. It helps to treat a lot of regularly occurring problems in infants and reduces the need for you to invest in costly medicines for normal dehydration techniques.
Things you should always keep in mind:
Opt for good quality rice
It is very important to select good quality of rice while you are feeding your babies. Rice also comes with 3 different varieties in terms of their sizes like long, medium and short. It does not matter which type of rice you select as long as you keep in mind the quality standards while purchasing the same. There are some things that mothers should really take care of if they are planning to feed rice water to their babies. Some of these are:
Rinsing the rice for some extra time:
Mix it with milk:
This however should be consider only after you have consulted your doctor whether to feed your baby with cow’s milk. If you mix it with milk, then it will be even better as when rice water and milk mix then it becomes even more nutritious.
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Check for allergies and Using brown rice
This goes without saying that you should always check whether your baby is allergic to a certain food product before feeding it. There are chances that your child might be allergic to rice water and this can have severe consequences.
Brown rice is definitely more nutritious than white rice but still you should wait till your baby is about 3 to 4 years before feeding him brown rice. This is because it contains certain fibrous layers that become a bit difficult for small babies to digest.
Some of the disadvantages
Unlike rice, rice water doesn’t contain enough carbohydrate which is a source of energy needed to replace calories lost during diarrheal episodes. It is never a replacement for the baby’s formula milk or breast milk. Hence it is advisable to use it along with other foods. If the baby is prone to allergies due to foods, always make sure that a little rice water is applied on the skin before feeding the baby. Some of the symptoms of a baby suffering from rice allergy include tummy ache, bloated tummy, rashes, diarrhea and vomiting; in extreme cases, these symptoms may be accompanied by shortness of breath also. In case any such signs are noticed after the baby consumes rice water it is advisable to rush to the doctor immediately.
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To conclude, Rice water may be included safely into the infant’s diet, but it is advisable to consult a pediatrician before feeding the baby. One must never replace the breast milk or formula milk. Rice water is extremely useful in treating diarrhea and vomiting since age old days; it has also known to be a natural antipathetic. Overall, it smooth ens the digestive system; good digestion keeps the baby healthy. Healthy baby—happy baby!!!!