Tips to get your child to drink more water

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Tips to get your child to drink more water

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Water has so many benefits. It hydrates, helps regulate body temperature, and helps prevent constipation and without adding calories or sugar to the diet. With all the other drinks on the market why would your child choose water?

 

  • Make it available and have an attractive bottle, or cup with ice and straw.
  • Encourage your child to drink. Even if they say they aren’t thirsty, say ‘Take 3 sips’. They usually take more than this anyway. The aim is to start heathy habits.
  • Leave the water in reach of your child in a spot they will pass by.
  • Try soda water or mineral water, it’s still fizzy and changes things up for them. I have bought a soda stream, just for the water.
  • When starting to encourage your child to drink water, add a bit of juice if you need to, even if it’s 5%, its still 95% water and its better than 100% juice.
  • Limit the options, it’s never too late to start reducing the options in your home. We have water, milk, and one type of juice (watered down 1/3 juice, 2/3 water) in our house at a time and some diet drinks for special occasions.

Most of all, be a role model, you can’t expect your children to start drinking water unless they see you drinking water. A healthy mum makes healthy kids and that makes a healthy family. I like to have a few bottles on the go. I usually put a bit of lemon or lime in mine and make them at night. I take 2 to work, 1 next to my bed, 1 on dining table and one in front of TV. It prompts me to drink. I find if I don’t make the water, I don’t drink as much. Aiming for 2 litres a day for adults and 1 litre a day for children, isn’t hard if you plan ahead.

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