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Kids Hydration - Top 10 Facts & Tips

Mums find it difficult to persuade children to drink enough

With summer around the corner, families need to be extra vigilant in ensuring their kids stay adequately hydrated throughout the day. Drinking the recommended daily intake of between 6-8 glasses of liquid each day

Fruit Shoot H2O reveals that more than half of mums (53%) find it difficult persuading their kids to drink the recommended amount

Kids Hydration – Top 10 Facts & Tips

  1. Children need proportionally more water than an adult
  2. Children tend to be more active than adults
  3. Children grow at a faster pace in the summer versus the winter adding to their hydration needs which will be greater any way in hotter temperatures
  4. Children do not always recognise when they are thirsty, may not be bothered, may not have access to fluids or simply don’t like what is on offer!
  5. Always have drinks available for kids – on journeys, at sports activities, at the playground etc
  6. The average child but needs about 6-8 glasses of fluid a day  but more in hot weather and when active
  7. Mild dehydration – about 2% loss in bodyweight, can in the short term cause a lack of concentration, headaches and reduced medial and physical performance. Physical symptoms of this would be less urination and a dark coloured urine. In the longer term mild dehydration can lead to dry skin; irritability; and constipation
  8. All soft drinks can contribute to daily fluid needs including fruit juices, squashes, water and fizzy drinks.  Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot H2O are very convenient, ideal for lunch boxes and taking to after school activities. When there is a birthday party or play dates in the home, jugs of Robinsons squash are great to have at hand and the kids can help themselves
  9. Although an excellent form of hydration, water can sometimes satisfy their thirst before they are actually properly hydrated where as squash and juice are absorbed more slowly so they will drink more.
  10. The times when kids are active and/or simply too distracted to think about drinking is often when they are most at risk of dehydration. This is when offering them drinks they enjoy will be the solution

 

 

Hydration - 5 Things you May Not Know

  1. Every cell in your body depends on fluid to keep it working properly. Humans can survive for a number of weeks without food  but cannot go without fluid for more than a few days
  2. We will voluntarily drink more if drinks are readily available and if we enjoy what we are drinking, evidence for this is particular strong for kids
  3. Sometimes we eat when really our body needs fluid
  4. If we increase the fibre content of the diet we must also increase our fluid intake – to avoid constipation
  5. The skin is the largest human organ and is made up of 70% water.

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