Numerous studies have agreed that the average adult should consumer roughly 2 litres of water per day besides the water consumed from eating. As men and women have different eating habits; their total recommended daily consumption differs somewhat. With males having on average a greater appetite; this equates to roughly 3.7 litres of water for men and 2.7 litres of water for women.
But what about young children and infants? It is as important that children stay hydrated to promote health, growth and maximise positive development.
We will discuss both how much as well as the benefits of drinking water for children.
How Much Water Should Children Drink?
The following will describe the amount of water that each age group should be consumed according to the American Academy of Paediatrics:
· 0 – 6 Months – suggested that no water is consumed.
· 6 – 12 Months – suggested that water is introduced at 120ml to 240ml daily.
· 12 – 24 Months – suggested that should be consumed throughout the day.
· 2 – 5 Years – suggested that water should be encouraged throughout the day.
It is suggested that babies 0 – 6 months do not consume water directly as their immune systems are still developing and most water contains minerals that may be too harsh for the babies’ stomach.
Babies also get provided with the nutrients and hydration from breastmilk or formula.
Benefits of Drinking Water for Young Children
There are various positives that children can benefit from when drinking water. Some are as follows:
· Fluoride – water has high fluoride levels which is beneficial for oral health.
· Reduce Sugar Intake – hydration through water negates the need for sports drinks or other sugary drinks.
· Reduce Risk of Injury – a lot of children have boundless energy and as such are very active. As muscles and tendons are elastic, they need proper hydration to work efficiently and effectively. Water consumption ensure that these muscles and tendons are hydrated enough to perform to the best of their ability.
· Prevents Dehydration – constant consumption of water will ensure great hydration levels; preventing fatigue and promoting healthy brain function.
· Productivity – fatigue is a sign of dehydration. When children are fatigued, they become irritable and do not focus. Being properly hydrated can negate effects of dehydration-induced fatigue and help improve focus.
· Flush Out Toxins – water is a cleanser and as such can expel excess toxins from the body. As children enjoy indulging in luxuries, as well as have a reputation for being very hands-on, increased water consumption can help to flush out excess sugars and toxins which they encounter daily.
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