What is Am for Baby?
Before explaining the potential benefits of am for baby, let’s first define what this fluid is.
Basically, am is the water we get after boiling cleaned rice. You rinse the rice a couple of times until the water is clear. This step is crucial because the surfaces of rice grains often have unwanted substances.
Then, you boil the rice until it reaches the preferred consistency. Afterward, you need to drain the rice, transfer the am into a cup, and let it cool before giving it to babies.
How parents give it to their babies differs: some give am as is, while others mix it with formula milk.
The question is, are these practices safe? What does your baby get from drinking am?
Babies Under 6 Months Shouldn’t Have Am
As a parent, your first concern would be your baby’s safety. After all, their digestive system is still developing, and you don’t want to feed them anything that can potentially compromise their health.
Generally, am or rice water is safe when prepared properly; that is, no toxic substances are transferred from the rice grains to the water. However, you also have to consider whether or not your child has a rice allergy. At least one study noted that some protein bands in rice “appeared to be major allergens.”