There is no debate, kids need lots of water! Drinking plenty of water prevents dehydration, helps with weight regulation, and combats cavities. While drinking milk and juice is a good thing, nothing can replace the benefits of water. It’s an important key to good health, assisting with digestion, helping to avoid constipation, regulating body temperature, maintaining sodium balance, and promoting proper blood circulation. Water also carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and protects organs, tissues, and joints.
How much water does your child need to drink?
So how much water is enough? You might think that the smaller the child, the less water they require. The truth is that kids need the same amount of water as adults. The proper formula is approximately one quart of water for every one thousand calories burned.
Of course, we’re not talking about infants who are restricted to breast milk or formula. And you don’t need to get out a measuring cup. Thirsty kids will drink enough water if it’s accessible, so offer water instead of sugary drinks and make sure kids who are playing outside in the heat don’t forget to drink. Dehydration is far more likely during these hot and humid summer months.
Enjoy the benefits of drinking water this summer, and all year long!
Water is the ideal defense against heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Heat exhaustion is the result of the body losing too much water through sweat. Remember to pack bottles of water when you’re heading off to any activity and encourage regular water breaks.
If your kids are involved in sports, it’s recommended to have them drink a cup or two of water thirty to forty minutes prior to the start of a physically demanding practice or game. They should continue to drink another cup every thirty minutes or so during the activity. While sports drinks have gained popularity, these typically contain salt and sugar, so it’s best to stick to water. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your child healthy all year long!