Health and Wellness

Monthly Focus: Children & Hydration

Our bodies are made up of approximately 70 percent water. Water has many important functions in the body, including; regulating your body’s temperature, digesting food and excreting waste.  Your body loses water throughout the day when you sweat, breathe and urinate. It is important to replace the water you have lost to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.

Children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults. Children don’t always recognize that they’re thirsty, and if they’re not encouraged and reminded may forget to drink. Luckily, there are a few ways to tell if your child is hydrated.

How do I know if my child is hydrated?

Frequent bathroom breaks or wet nappies are the easiest way to tell if your child is hydrated. You can also look out for these common symptoms of dehydration:

  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Thirst
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Dark urine

How much water does my child need?

The amount your child needs will vary depending on their age, size, and level of activity. 

under 8 years of age 4-6 glasses of water
older than 8 years 6-8 glasses of water

 

If your child is playing sports or is very active they will need extra fluids.

Tips to help your kids stay hydrated!

  • Pack a water bottle for school and when you go out. 
  • Encourage your child to drink water before, after and during physical activity
  • Always offer water with meals and snacks
  • Encourage your child to drink water, even if they don’t like it!

Tips for kids who don’t like water

  • Try adding slices of fruits such as lemon or orange to water, for variety and flavour.
  • Let your kids choose their own drink bottle or serve water in colourful glasses or jugs.
  • Be a role model! Make a point of drinking water with your kids.

Water is the best choice to keep your kids hydrated throughout the day. Water contains no extra energy and can quench your thirst. Other fluids such as milk, juice and sweetened drinks can also contribute to your child’s fluid intake.  

Referenced from https://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/children-hydration/

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