Quick Read – 2 minutes
Congratulations to both kids and parents for completing the first month back at school! Now that everyone is back in routine, did you know that 84% of children are mildly dehydrated at school?
Mild dehydration is defined as a body water loss of 1-2%. Dehydration slows the mind and body down, lowering our ability to concentrate, slowing down reaction times, and impairing upon short-term memory. This dehydration impacts children’s mood, academic results, and ability to perform during sports activities.
As the brain is 75% water, staying properly hydrated is essential for optimal health and brain function. A small study from the University of East London and the University of Westminster demonstrates the impact that keeping hydrated can have on cognitive abilities - documenting a 31% increase in attention in children aged 7-9 after drinking only 25ml of water.
Have you noticed any of these signs of dehydration in your child?
- Struggling to concentrate
- Inability to think clearly
- Impacted mood such as increased tantrums and weepiness.
To avoid experiencing the symptoms of dehydration, the Natural Hydration Council recommends drinking between 1-1.7 litres of water per day, which is around 4-6 glasses. This may vary depending on your child’s age, stature, participation in physical activities, and the weather. Older children, larger children, and children who like to take part in sport may require a higher water intake.
As a parent, you can encourage children to drink enough water by providing a reusable water bottle such as the Super8 bottle, making it easy for your child to drink. You can also explain why drinking water is so important and make it a key part of your own diet.
Data Source: National Library of Medicine https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22841529/