With the warm weather, kids are spending more time outdoors and playing harder. Parents need to make sure their little ones are getting enough water to keep them hydrated, especially in the heat.
Kids' water needs vary depending on their age, weight, activity levels, and the weather; hot, humid days are going to make them thirstier than cooler, cloudy ones. All told, kids ages 4-8 should consume 1.3 liters of water, or about 6.5 cups. Older kids should aim for a little more than 2 liters, or 8 cups, and teens should drink about 10 cups.
Sounds like a lot? The good news is, that includes everything they eat or drink that includes water, like fruits, veggies and milk. If they are playing sports or otherwise active, they should drink more water.
And yes, it should be water that kids are drinking, not juice or pop. Both are sugar bombs and not that good for them. If you have a reluctant water drinker, try giving them water with a splash of juice or one of those zero-calorie flavored waters. Or, add a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon, lime or orange to the glass. It looks fancy and gives it a little zing. Decaf iced tea is also a good choice.
How do you get your kids to drink enough water?