A common misconception is that remaining hydrated is more important in the summer when the temperatures and humidity are high, but staying hydrated during the winter is just as important for your child’s health. Many wonder, however, how much water should my child drink on a regular basis?
Why do we Need so Much Water?
Water is one of the body’s most essential nutrients. It keeps you hydrated, aids in maintaining a healthy body weight, keeps your temperature regulated, and so much more. Water is the cornerstone of every bodily function — we could not live more than a week without it.
The most important reason to drink water regularly is that every living cell in our body needs fluids to function. Water is especially important on hot days, if you’re exercising, or if you’re fighting illness — even if we don’t feel thirsty.
What’s the number?
How much water a child needs on the daily depends on several factors:
Boys tend to require more water daily than girls, and as your child grows their daily water intake increases as well. Here’s a general breakdown:
Other Water Sources
It may seem that water intake needs are high, but this does also include fluids from other sources. Soups or broths, as well as food with high water content such as celery, tomatoes or melons aid in water intake, and have a low calorie count — even more reason to include them in your child’s diet!
While children love sugary fruit juices and sports drinks, they’re not the healthiest source of water. They can dehydrate them further and lead to weight gain. If your child is physically active, avoid sports drinks and encourage them to consume more water.
Tips To Help Your Kids Drink More Water
If you’re concerned that your child may not be getting the recommended amount of water every day, there are a few ways you can help!
Make sure your kids carry a water bottle with them.
If you are going to allow your children to drink juices or sports drinks, be sure to water them down and use smaller glasses.
If your child tells you they’re thirsty, make water the first beverage you offer them
Make it fun! Let them use a crazy straw or let them pick their own special cup they will only use for water.
Limit other options — don’t keep sugary drinks around and your child will get used to choosing water.
Encouraging your child to drink more water will keep them hydrated and healthy all year long! For more information regarding the health benefits of staying hydrated or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact the experts at Grow Pediatrics today!