Did you know that our bodies are made of approximately 70 percent water? And studies show that approximately 80% of Australians live in a state of chronic dehydration?
Water in our bodies has many functions including regulating our body temperature, digesting food and excreting waste. Your body loses water throughout the day through sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. It is important to replace this water; otherwise you risk dehydration.
Unfortunately children are at greater risk of dehydration due to their size, the fact that they are more likely to lose water through sweat and the frequency in which they are exposed to heat.
Unfortunately children often don’t recognise when they are thirsty and therefore must be prompted and encouraged to have a drink and stay hydrated.
The amount of water a child needs varies depending on their age, size and level of activity. As a guide, for children below the age of 8 years, 4-6 glasses of water is recommended; and for children older than 8 years a minimum of 6-8 glasses are recommended.
At times, children will need extra fluid, especially if a child is playing sports, is very active, on a hot day or if they are unwell.
- As a rule of thumb, if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated
- The most common symptoms affecting Australians are lethargy (62%) or loss of energy (51%)
- Adding fresh fruit, lemons or mint to water can make it tastier and therefore can encourage you to drink more
(Source: Healthy Kids | Children & Hydration https://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/children-hydration)
(Source: Sunshine Coast Daily – https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/80-australians-suffers-effects-dehydration/2934133/)