Day 184, How much water should your Child Drink?

Does my Child drink Enough Water ?

The human body is about 60% water and hence it is necessary for our health and well being. It forms an integral part of our cells, blood, aids digestion, helps waste elimination and also lubricates the joints. If your little one drinks too little it can lead to dehydration and you may notice the following symptoms:

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Dry mouth

• Muscle weakness

• Dizziness

• Lightheadedness

In fact water is essential for optimum Brain function as well.

So How much water does my child need ?

This would depend on the body size, physical activity and the weather. The following table gives a base indication of the amount of water your child must drink on a daily basis. Each cup would be equal to 6 ounces.

1 – 3 years about 4 cups

4 – 8 years about 5 cups

9-13 years about 8 cups for boys

about 7 cups for girls

14-18 years about 11 cups for boys

about 8 cups for girls

It is important to stay away from sugar sweetened drinks and juices. Even a couple of servings per day can lead to the child being over weight. These drinks also tend to fill up the stomach and hence the child would not eat adequately at meal times. Naturally this will compromise on the over all nutritional intake. Exercise caution when offering fruit juices on a regular basis to your child as these are high in sugar and this would mean higher intake of calories.

Avoid caffeinated drinks for children as too much caffeine can cause nervousness, upset stomach, difficulty in sleeping and reduced iron absorption.

Children find juices and colas attractive because they are sweet and have flavor. It is important as parents to encourage the switch to regular water and here are some tips:

Avoid stocking colas and juices at home.
Squeeze some lime to flavor the water.
Offer chilled water.

Water is the Essence of Life – Teach your Child to Drink Up !!!!

Site Login

Hi! Want to join us?

Terms and conditions

Set Up Your Account