We all know that water is essential and that children need plenty of it. Did you know that water helps children feel good, focus, concentrate, and provides your child with the necessary energy and brainpower to help him learn.
Tips to Help Your Child Stay Hydrated
- Encourage your child to drink water before, after, and during physical activity.
- Always offer water with meals and snacks.
- Encourage your child to drink water, even if they don’t like it!
- Be a role model and drink water, too.
If Your Child Doesn’t Like Water
- Try adding slices of fruits such as lemons, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries to water for variety and flavor. Create taste test challenges and experiment by adding cucumbers or mint.
- Let your kids select their own reusable water bottle and decorate it with stickers, markers, puffy paint, etc.
- Serve water in colorful glasses and add a fun, silly straw.
- Be a role model! Drink water with your child.
How much water should children drink each day?
- ONE- AND TWO-YEAR-OLDS: 1–2 8 oz glasses*
- THREE- TO FIVE-YEAR-OLDS: – 3–5 8 oz glasses*
- SIX- TO THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLDS: – 6–8 8 oz glasses*
*Based on one 8 oz glass per year of age until 8 years old
Water is the best choice to keep your kids hydrated throughout the day.