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Our health is inherently connected with water. Water is found in every single cell of the human bodyand that’s why we can breathe, walk, sleep or think. Let us not forget that our whole prenataldevelopment occurs just nine months in the water.
 

The importance of water to child’s health is enormous, not just at a prenatal stage, but especially after the  birth and the whole life.

Why is Water Important for Kids and Infants?

Water energizes the Mind

  • Improves the performance of the brain
  • Supports concentration
  • Helps to mild hyperactivity

 

Supplies vital energy

  • Helps prevent tiredness and headache
  • Washes away harmful substances from the body
  • Revitalizes the body

 

Brings comfort to life

  • Helps prevent the occurrence of excess number of fat cells
  • Reduces sugar cravings
  • Helps build healthy body

Drinking regime of Kids and Infants

Drinking regime of Kids and Infants

Water is equally important for babies, toddlers as well as for older kids. As shown on the chart below, daily intake is little bit different and depends on the age of the child. Infants need as much as 1000 ml of fluids during the day. The older children need higher amount of fluids.

Babies typically don’t know how to say or show that they are thirsty, little children are also often unaware that they are thirsty when they are playing. It is therefore important to offer them drink at regular intervals during the day.

For the kindergarten and school age children to think well during the day, their brain needs the right “fuel”. Only when the brain has enough water it can work the best and the concentration and memory are at their best. Water comprises in the brain of 85% and therefor it is also water that gives brain the right energy to work.

You might be surprised to learn that behind occasional exhaustion and irritation of your kids may be ordinary water shortage in the body. The symptoms of dehydration are often reflected quickly, but are not obvious at first glance. It is believed that as small as 5 percent water loss may produce discomfort, tiredness and headaches.

Keep in mind that only about a fifth of the recommended daily amount of liquid is taken from the food. The rest is suitable to supplement with the quality water, especially for young children, most natural supplement is natural spring water with low content of minerals.

How much water should we drink?

How much water should we drink?

Drinking regime of everyone is individual. It is influenced not only by age but also by many other factors like the body weight, composition and quantity of diet, physical activity, health status, as well as temperature and humidity of the outside environment and overall lifestyle.

As recommended by the European Food Safety Authority from 2010 the adequate intake of water in a drinking regime of children should be as follows (indicative values assume a mild climate, a moderate level of physical activity and the average water intake from food 20%, the amount of water taken out of food is not included):

Group

Age

Recommended volume

Infants and Toddlers

6 - 12 months

800-1000 ml / day

 

1 - 2 years

1100-1200 ml / day

 

2 - 3 years

1300 ml / day

Kids

4 - 8 years

1600 ml / day

 

9 - 13 years

1900 ml / day

Men

over 18 years

2 500 ml/day

Women

over 18 years

2 000 ml/day

Expecting Women

over 18 years

2 000 + 300 ml/day

Breastfeeding Women

over 18 years

2 000 + 700 ml/day