Why kids need water has a number of answers. Many of us are aware of the obvious, but why do they really need water? We found some great reasons at Healthy-kids.com and wanted to share those with you.
“Our bodies are made of about 70 percent water. It’s what makes up the majority of our blood, digestive juices and sweat. Water is also found in our organs and muscle cells.”
“Water is used to metabolise fuel, regulate body temperature and digest food. It enables our bodies to carry out all of its functions in the day, it continually moves about and is lost in urine, sweat, tears, blood and the air we breathe. Children, in particular, need to make sure they re-hydrate, as water is the primary way they regulate their body temperature.”
“Water contains no energy, and in most countries tap water has been fortified with fluoride to help protect against tooth decay.”
How much water do children need?
The amount of water a child needs depends on the amount of activity they do. Other factors include their diet and health. It’s always important to remind children to drink, but as a general guide, children up to 8 years of age should have a minimum of 4-5 cups of water a day. Kids above 8 years old require at least 6-8 cups of water a day.
How do I get my child to drink water?
Research shows that adding flavor to water may increase the amount of water they will drink voluntarily. Remember, it’s important however that they not drink too much water. Try these tips to help boost water intake in children:
Add a slice of lemon or lime to give water a different taste (only sometimes as this is acidic and can soften teeth enamel)
Ensure your child always has a water bottle handy
Use herbs including mint or spices such as ginger to flavor the water
Freeze fresh fruits and use them as ice cubes in glasses of water
So now you know why kids need water, but where should you get the best water? We have the answer for that question … Fontis Water, of course! Call us today at 678-494-1981 to set up your home or office water delivery.