Summer is here. In Australia it’s all about extended days at the beach, playing backyard cricket or special picnics in the park. And for most of us with young children it means plenty of fun in the sun.
But once the temperatures rise and those hot days and steamy nights kick in, drinking enough water and especially filtered water is even more important, particularly for the little ones in our lives.
Kids often simply forget to drink. You may have bought them a new, colourful water bottle but they get distracted easily with a good game or toy and forget to drink water.
Or they often don’t like the taste of tap water and prefer to wait for a sugary drink.
Also, children can quickly dehydrate because by the time they tell you they are thirsty, their body is already dehydrated.
Make sure you are aware of these common signs of dehydration, especially during the summer months.
According to the NSW government Healthy Kids initiative the recommended daily amount of fluids is:
They advise that children should drink more if it’s a hot day or if they are playing sport.
There are plenty of other drinks out there advertising to young children, like fruit juices, soft drinks, sports drinks and cordial. Parents often mistake fruit juice as a healthy option but juice is surprisingly high in sugar.
To give you an example, a 250ml cup of apple juice contains up to six teaspoons of sugar.
A recent Australian study found an alarming link between obesity and children who drank fruit juice and cordial.
“Australian researchers found that children aged between 4 and 12 years who drank 500ml or more of fruit juice or cordial per day were twice as likely to be overweight or obese as children who consumed none.” Source – Healthy Kids NSW Government
We’ve put together a few helpful tips to encourage your child to drink water, even better if it’s filtered water.
It’s simple to do. You just need to buy a good quality home water filter system!
Read more about fun filtered water activities for kids.