|Posted by Carole Allen on June 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM|
By Carole Allen
It has been reported by scientists in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood that children are dehydrated. 70% of children do not drink enough water, drink too many sugar filled drinks, and have bodies filled with toxins that need flushing out. The responsibility of a parent is to ensure their safety and health by teaching your child to drink more water, to have it available to them all day and to know which water to choose.
Advantages of your child drinking more water
Water is very important to your child's health and well being as it flushes Out Toxins and Carries Nutrients to the body.
By having your child drink lots of water, he will flush out toxins that are poisonous. Mayo Clinic states that foods will be absorbed more efficiently and delivered to the organs in his body by flushing out toxins before they become harmful. All cells are dependent upon water to function properly, and water is present in blood which carries oxygen to all the cells of your body and with insufficient oxygen, those tiny cells would die. Drinking water will allow nutrients to be transported to his internal organs.
Children should drink water before going to school, after playing sports and after gym class. By not having enough water, your child may have trouble concentrating in class leading to lower test scores.
Dehydration will result in poor performance in school, and may cause health problems. Dehydration can reduce a child's cognitive capacity and may lead to physical problems such asthma, allergies, heat stroke, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.
Dehydration leads to fatigue, lack of energy, dry mouth, and poor urination. Yellow urine with odor is a sign of dehydration. If your child has headaches, is irritable, and has trouble sleeping he might be dehydrated. It is necessary for him to drink small amours of water all day long. A child should be encouraged to drink even if they are not thirsty.
Getting your child to drink more.
Encourage children to drink water at home, and even bring their own to school. Have cool water available, put it in a cute cup with a funny straw and drink lots of water to set an example. Give your child less juice and please, when giving them juice make sure it is organic without sugar additives and perhaps add a slice of orange, lemon or some berries.
Watch this video with your child if it is age appropriate.
Read books that stress the importance of drinking water, such as "Water Boy" by David McPhail. This book is about a boy learning that his body is water. Have a chart and record how much water he is drinking. Show him how a dehydrated plant looks and tell him that he will feel better as the plant does with water.
What water should a parent choose?
Since water is such a vital component, it would make sense that the quality of water should be just as important as the quantity. Therefore, your drinking water should always be pure and free of contaminants. If there is fluoride present, in local water, consider using a Reverse Osmosis system. However, if this is necessary, please don't allow your child to become mineral deficient. When drinking sufficient amounts of water, it is essential to make sure your water is free of contaminants.