Why Water?

Water is known to boost performance in the classroom whilst providing a host of immediate and future health benefits. 

Children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults due to their lower body weight and smaller reserve of body fluids. Ensuring fluid levels are topped up throughout the day is essential for a child’s physical and mental health and is highly recommended by many health professionals in order to improve overall attention span and learning capabilities.

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Here are some of the many benefits of why children need to stay hydrated:

Boosts mental capacityBoosts mental capacity, behaviour and performance (by up to 10%)
Helps guard against future health problemsHelps guard against future health problems such as headaches, muscle cramps, bladder, kidney and bowel problems and even decreases the risk of certain cancers
Reduces tirednessReduces tiredness, irritability and can help improve mood
Aids digestionAids digestion

Did you know?

Water also provides a much healthier alternative to sugar-sweetened cordial and fruit juice drinks which have been linked to excessive weight gain and obesity in children.

Tips to help children stay hydrated!

Encourage them to drink water before sportsEncourage them to drink water before, during and after sports
Offer water with meals and snacksOffer water with meals and snacks
Try adding a slice of lemon, orange or handful of strawberriesTry adding a slice of lemon, orange or handful of strawberries to give water extra flavour and variety

How much water do children need?

  • 5-8 Years old: 5 glasses (1 litre) each day
  • 9-12 Years old: 7 glasses (1.5 litres) each day
  • 13+ Years old: 8-10 glasses (2 litres) each day

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