Drinking water is so important for your child’s health, wellbeing and concentration, especially as the weather gets warmer.
Here are some water facts:
- Our bodies consist of over 70% water
- Without water we cannot function
- Lack of water makes us tired, our muscles stiffen and reduces coordination and mobility
- Water keeps our temperature normal
- Water is the best drink to quench your thirst
- Water doesn’t have any sugar in it
- The fluoride in tap water helps develop strong teeth and bones.
- Tap water is also a lot less expensive than other types of drinks.
Whilst drinking a few litres of water a day may be more than you are used to, the simplest way is to keep sipping and gradually increase your intake.
The recommended daily amount of fluids is:
- 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8 year olds
- 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to12 year olds
- 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years
You should drink more water when you’re exercising or on a hot day. We often don’t feel thirsty even when our bodies need fluid, so it’s a good idea to drink water regularly throughout the day.
Hints to help you drink more water:
- Pack a water bottle whenever you go out.
- In summer, put a frozen water bottle in your lunch box.
- Keep a bottle of cold water in the fridge in summer and drink warm water in winter.
- Water down juices, sports drinks and cordials.
- Use smaller glasses when drinking sugary drinks.
As a parent, set a good example!