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How can I get my child to drink more water?

Children often forget to drink water. They are so busy playing that they ignore their body’s signals that they are thirsty. In fact, once a child realises that they are thirsty, they are already starting to become mildly dehydrated. The initial symptoms of dehydration include lethargy, headache, flushing, and dizziness. Therefore, it is wise to offer your child fluids regularly.

Water is so important to every part of the body and should be the first choice when your child is thirsty. Water allows the body to sweat which regulates temperature, it lets the body eliminate water, and it carries nutrients through the body.

So, how can you get your child to drink more water?

Many children just don’t like to drink water and will refuse. In this case, you can try to water down your child’s juice. Experiment with the amount of water. When the juice loses its flavour, your child will probably catch on to what you are doing.

You can also get your child to drink more water by making it fun. Try purchasing flip top water bottles in different colours and designs, and keep them filled and ready to drink with ice cold water. When the water is easy to access, your child may drink more.
You can also purchase or lease a water machine. Children love to play with these machines every time they see them. Having one at home may be a worthwhile investment.

Try giving your child an education on why water is so important for the body. This may be all that’s needed to get your child into the habit of drinking water.

Lastly, remember to set a good example and drink lots of water yourself.

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