Glucose is the most important carbohydrate needed by infants for their normal growth. It maintains the sugar level in babies and provides them the energy to deal with the growth spurts.

Many infants face glucose deficiency due to dehydration that generally occurs during diarrhea. In that case, it becomes crucial to provide the baby with the required amount of glucose, or otherwise, it can lead to serious loss.

Instead of giving the glucose drips, doctors go for the glucose water which isn’t that much hard for a baby to digest. Glucose water prevents and restores dehydration and maintains the sugar level in the baby’s little body to fight with the disease. Doctors suggest that if your baby is facing dehydration, you should give him a minor dose of glucose water regularly so that a balance is maintained.

So when you are dealing with the situation in which your baby requires glucose water daily, then experts say that you should go for homemade glucose water. Buying a ready to use sugar water from stores is only suggested when you have no other choice or if there is some kind of emergency.

But giving your baby sugar water regularly should be made with your own hands because in this case you have complete trust over the ingredients and you know that there is nothing harmful going in your baby’s body, whereas readymade water often contains preservatives that aren’t good for baby’s health. Plus, it can cost you several hundreds of dollars.

Importance of Glucose Water

Glucose water holds great importance when it comes to performing surgeries on babies. Most hospitals also give the dose of glucose water to babies after giving shots and pricks to reduce the pain. Moreover, glucose water becomes a must before blood drawn on babies. 

Making Glucose Water at Home

You can make glucose water at home by following these super-simple steps. But remember, the glucose water you are going to make must consist of 76 % of water and 24 % of glucose. This is the ideal ratio of glucose water.

Ingredients Required for Glucose Water

To make the glucose water at home, you are going to need these simple ingredients available in every household.

  1. 6 teaspoons of sugar – leveled
  2. Half teaspoon of salt – leveled
  3. One liter or 5 cups of purified or boiled drinking water

Warning: Always consult with the doctor before giving it to baby and do not give your baby the regular tap water as they contain bacteria and viruses that can make the condition of your baby worse.

Preparation of Glucose Water

Add salt and sugar (you can also go for sweetened rice cereal) to the water. Stir until the mixture thickens a little bit. Now you can give the glucose water to your baby with the help of a dropper or spoon.

Note: It is suggested to feed your baby with breast milk, carrot juice, or rice 3 water before giving him the glucose water as it can boost up the restoration process of dehydration. 

Benefits of Glucose Water for Babies

There are many benefits related to glucose water for your babies. Glucose water not just provides physical benefits to your baby but also helps with mental growth. Some of the benefits of glucose are:

  • It maintains and restores the sugar level in babies in case of diarrhea.
  • Glucose water prevents constipation in babies, which is the major complaint of most parents.
  • Glucose water helps distract the babies when giving shots.
  • It also helps relieve the pain.

Caution: This article is only for information purposes. We strongly recommend visiting and consult the nearest physician or child specialist before giving it to your baby.


Dr. Faiza is MBBS, PMDC Child Specialist. Faiza had a great interest in writing but couldn't do it because of her study and practice. She's a mother of two babies and serving as a senior child specialist

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