How Much Water Should Your Child be Drinking?
Most kids need between five and eight cups or water a day. That’s according to a study from Queens College of the City University of New York. However, a lot of that number depends on their age and weight, as well as how active they are and the conditions they’re in. Take special care if it’s hot outside or your child is recovering from a sickness.
Keep in mind that water doesn’t have to be consumed in its pure form to count toward your child’s daily intake. Fruits and vegetables are full of water and nutritious beverages like low-fat milk and low-sugar juices can also help your child stay hydrated. Be sure to offer water when it’s warm outside or if your child is partaking in physical activity to ensure they stay hydrated.
There are a few signs to look out for to tell if your child is staying hydrated. If they’re tired or have a headache they may need more water. Heat exhaustion is rare in children under the age of 12, but it can happen. Be on the lookout for fatigue, anxiety and heavy sweat. Don’t rely on your child to tell you if he or she is thirsty. At that point, they’re already dehydrated.
So, what’s the best way to get your child to drink more water? Lead by example. If they see you drinking water on a regular basis, they’ll be more likely to drink it as well. According to Babycenter.com, children prefer to drink water when it’s cold, so keep water in the fridge in easy to grab containers to help encourage your child to drink up.