Water Intake for Kids
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Drinking sufficient water throughout the day is extremely important for your health. You'll be better at sports and at school subjects because water helps your muscles and concentration too! Check our handy chart below to see how much you should be drinking.
Water or low fat milk are the best drinks for your body. Avoid sugary drinks which cause you to have energy spikes but energy crashes afterwards. If the weather is hot or you're exercising it is obviously really important that you drink lots of water.
If you sip throughout the day you're not as likely to get really thirsty and anyway, being thirsty is your body's way of telling you that you're ALREADY dehydrated. It's best to not get thirsty in the first place. Also, if you start getting dehydrated you may get headaches and become tired and your urine may start getting darker. These are good body signals to remind you to hydrate yourself quickly but we must stress don't wait for these alarm bells! Keep hydrated always and you'll avoid all this.
How Much should I drink?
Approximate amounts are shown below (dependent on external temperature and exercise levels):
|Age Range||Number of litres of fluid intake per day|
|1 - 3||1 litre|
|4 - 8||1.25 litres|
|14-18||2 litres (girls) |
2.75 litres (boys)
For more activities, games and info, see our other article on 'HYDRATION'.
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