They say you should drink eight ounce glasses of water a day, but sometimes keeping track of how much you’ve drunk is hard – never mind what the rest of your family has consumed!
So, to help families stay healthy, happy and drinking plenty, we’ve delved into some biology to find out how much water we should be drinking and have compiled some top tips on how to keep kids (and you) hydrated.
Are Your Kids Drinking Enough Water?
If we’re thirsty we just turn on the tap, pop to the shop or grab a bottle of Brecon Carreg mineral water from the fridge. However, getting a drink isn’t as easy for children and they often rely on you supplying them – especially if they’re a bit younger.
It’s more important for kids too. According to the Natural Hydration Council ‘children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults as they have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight’.
In fact, a French study found that more than two-thirds of children aged 9-11 were inadequately hydrated when they went to school in the morning. Concerns have also been raised by some experts that UK children don’t drink enough water – around a third of 4-8 year olds in a survey drank less than the recommended value a day, and 50% of 9-13 year olds weren’t drinking enough either.
The European Food Safety Authority recommends children aged 4-8 should intake 1.6l of water per day from food and drinks, 9-13 year old girls 1.9, and 9-13 year old boys 2.1l. 1.3l, 1.5l and 1.7l should come from drinks alone for the respective age groups.
We’ve been embracing the great outdoors over the last few days – seeing as the sun has decided to hang about. Jonah and I have been exploring the farmland around where we live and have made sure we are fully stocked up on @breconwater to guarantee excellent hydration on our little adventures. Sourced and bottled in the breathtaking Brecon Beacons – it was made for explorers like us! #breconcarreg #ad
Signs of Dehydration in Children
Many children do not recognise the first signs of thirst as easily as adults, therefore they’re more at risk of dehydration than us. This is especially true when the weather is warm or they’re partaking in exercise. Therefore, it’s important to keep a bottle of water handy and to keep an eye out for the following common signs of dehydration in infants and children:
- Dry mouth
- Decreased frequency of urination
- Dark yellow urine
- Sunken eyes
Specific signs of dehydration in infants could include:
- A sunken soft spot on the front of the head (called a fontanel)
- No tears when they cry
- Cold or dry skin
- Dry or sticky membranes on the tongue or surrounding mouth.
In extreme circumstances this can also lead to abdominal pain and vomiting.
How to Keep Kids Hydrated
So, we know staying hydrated with plenty of water is essential, but how can you get your kids to drink more? Here are a few top tips:
Carry a Bottle on You – Always keep a 300ml sports cap bottle of Brecon Carreg on you, in your handbag or in the boot of the car, so there’s always a kid-friendly sized bottle of drink nearby.
Get Crafty – our bottles make the perfect crafting material, so why not do some bottle art together? Not only is this great for the environment, but your kids will soon be drinking more water in order to get more craft supplies.
Make it Fun – Decant into their favourite cup.
Lead by Example – Children often imitate their parents, so drink more and they may too.
Limit Their Options – By only purchasing healthy drinks, they’ll have to drink water as there won’t be any fizzy or sugary drinks in the house.
Make it a Meal-Time Essential – Serve a glass of water with every meal or snack, so your children get into the habit of drinking water with food.
Make it a Family Goal – If you make it a family mission to drink more water, everyone is accountable and you can encourage each other to sip more.
Don’t Forget to Drink More Yourself!
With all this focus on how to keep kids hydrated, it is easy to neglect your own water intake. So, we here at Brecon Carreg are making it easier than ever to stay on top of it. You can now buy mineral water online in bulk from Ocado – they’ll even deliver it to your door at a time that works for you!