Kids need water
Water lubricates the joints, cools the system, and makes muscles work efficiently and organs function properly. It’s the main fluid in blood, aiding the passage of nutrients throughout the body. Doctors have found that if you get your kids to drink more water it reduces the chance for constipation.
If a child doesn’t get enough water, the colon reabsorbs the water from the waste material, causing the bowel movements to be hard. The brain also needs water to function well: Kids who aren’t sufficiently hydrated may show impaired concentration in school, according to your local Littleton plumber.
As a general guide, infants need to take in about 1.5 ounces of fluids per pound of weight per day. Older children need around one ounce per pound per day. So, a 60-pound child should drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids a day. Here are some ways to hydrate your kids.
Plumbing Pro Tips To Share
• Tip #1 Make water easily accessible. Place pitchers or bottles of water around your home, especially in the kitchen, the bedroom, and in the family room. This gives your children the message that when they’re thirsty, they should reach for a glass of water.
• Tip #2 Place a bottle of water on their nightstands to make it readily available should they wake up thirsty in the middle of the night or in the morning.
• Tip #3 Serve water with meals instead of juice or soda. The constant exposure to water will make a big difference.
• Tip #4 Flavor or fizz it. While you want your children to get in the habit of drinking plain water, kids will always love juice. And they can still have their favorites — just dilute it.
PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: Mix three parts water to one part of 100 percent fruit juice for a healthier drink. Or add a squirt of lemon juice or a wedge of lemon, lime, or orange to the water. For a fizzy treat, serve plain seltzer — it’s a fantastic substitute for soda.
Take it to go. Always bring a bottle of water on car rides, family walks, and other outings.