Water makes up more of a child’s body than an adult’s so it is vital they have plenty to drink as they are more prone to dehydration.
How much they need depends on each child, but health experts suggest 6-8 glasses each day. For younger children, the British Nutrition Foundation suggests servings of 120-150mls, and 250-300mls for older children.
But, of course, expert advice is one thing, getting your child to follow that advice is another.
Top tips for keeping children hydrated
Let them choose a water bottle
Younger children in particular will love having a new trinket. Let them help to fill up the bottle with filtered drinking water and the novelty should at least last a week or two and hopefully form into a habit.
Make ice lollies at home
Invest in lolly moulds then add flavourings or juice to filtered drinking water. At least you will know what is actually in the lollies – and that there is water in there!
Always have water on hand
Save yourself a fortune on drinks by always carrying a refillable bottle of filtered drinking water. Pack well when heading out for the day with a bottle for everyone and frequently offer children a sip of water.
Try to cut back on sugary drinks
A glass of squash made up with filtered drinking water may help to keep fluid levels topped up but dentists advise keeping these to meal times to minimise sugar damage.
Encourage children to drink more when exercising
It can seem like young children are on the go all the time. Keep offering them water as they race around and remind older children to take a bottle of drinking water with them.
Should the sunshine make an appearance…
Provide plenty of fresh, cool filtered drinking water to stop children getting dehydrated in the heat.
Most of all make sure they have plenty of energy to enjoy playing by staying hydrated.
For more information on hydration and the benefits of drinking filtered water visit Doulton Water