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Kids run on water

Are your kids drinking enough water
throughout the day?

 

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Dehydration risk

Young children are particularly vulnerable to dehydration, as their water needs are proportionately higher than those of adults: their surface-to-mass ratio is relatively greater than those of adults and because of this, they lose more water through their skin.

Keep kids well hydrated

It's essential that your child adopts healthy habits from an early age by drinking water at home, at school and at any other moment when you are not with them. It doesn't always occur to kids to drink water, even if they feel thirsty. Compared to adults, kids' water needs are higher. And the more you remind and encourage your children to drink water, the more staying hydrated becomes second nature.

Tips to help your kids drink water

To help children stay well hydrated, use these tips as part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet:

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Encourage them to drink a glass of water when they wake up, or even during the night

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If possible, send them to school with water by putting a bottle in their schoolbag, sports bag or lunchbox.

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Place bottles of water in accessible places: on the dining table, in the fridge, on their desk, on the bedside table, etc.

Water contributes to the maintenance of normal physical and cognitive function and normal regulation of body temperature. At least 1,5L of water, from food and beverage, should be consumed per day as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

***For a healthy sedentary child living in temperate climates. 1 glass= at least 15cl

****For a healthy sedentary child living in temperate climates.

*****Jéquier E and Constant F. Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration. EJCN 2010; 64: 115-123.

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