Many children tend to drink less water during the colder months. However, drinking the required amount of water is highly essential for your child's health. This article tells you more.
By Team ParentCircle
Water is considered to be the elixir of life. It is nature’s gift for maintaining good health. Shouldn’t we ensure that our children have enough of it?
Water is the main component of the human body. It makes up 60 per cent of an adult’s and 75 per cent of a child’s body weight. As the body loses water through perspiration and urination, it is important to replenish this water loss. It is all the more important for children to do so, as the proportion of water to their body weight is higher than for adults.
Let us educate our children on the benefits of drinking water and get them started on this habit early.
"Many children avoid drinking water when they are sick. It is especially essential for them to stay hydrated when they are ill. You can supplement their water intake with fluids containing sugar and salt," says Dr Meena Thiagarajan, Consultant Paediatrician, Apollo Children's Hospital. But, ensure you don’t overdo the sugary drinks part.
In an interview with CNN in June 2015, Dr Anisha Patel, a paediatrician at the University of California, explained how in severe cases, inadequate water consumption leads to cognitive impairment, headache and nausea.
Many children avoid drinking water in school, as they are not comfortable using the restrooms, observes Dr Meena. Parents should speak to school authorities and ensure that the restrooms are clean.
The recommended adequate water intake for different age groups of children is:
0 to 6 months: 0.7 litres/day (assumed to be from mother’s milk or formulae)
7 to 12 months: 0.8 litres/day (assumed to be primarily from mother’s milk or baby food)
1 to 3-year-olds: 1.3 litres/day
4 to 8-year-olds: 1.7 litres/day
9 to 13-year-olds: 2.4 litres/day for boys and 2.1 litres/day for girls
14 to 18-year-olds: 3.3 litres/day for boys and 2.3 litres/day for girls
(Source: The Food and Nutrition Board, United States Department of Agriculture)
Above all, set an example yourself by drinking enough water. Your children will learn from this.
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