Keep the wa­ter up in win­ter

Western Times - - LIFE -

JUST be­cause they’re not sweat­ing up a storm un­der a sum­mer sun doesn’t mean your kid can skip wa­ter dur­ing win­ter days.

We need to drink plenty of flu­ids, mainly wa­ter, ev­ery day to sur­vive and feel our best.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bet­ter Health web­site, chil­dren aged be­tween one and three years old need to drink about one litre, or four cups, of fluid each day, while four- to eight-year-olds need 1.2 litres, or five cups.

Signs of de­hy­dra­tion in chil­dren can in­clude:

thirsti­ness a dry mouth, lips and tongue

com­plain­ing of a headache

urine that is darker yel­low than usual

light-head­ed­ness or dizzi­ness.

En­cour­age your child to get enough wa­ter on cold days by us­ing a special BPA-free plas­tic or stain­less steel wa­ter bot­tle or cup that has a fun pic­ture on it.

Keep in mind that wa­ter is also con­tained in food: eat­ing plenty of fruits, ve­g­ies and soups in win­ter can help with hy­dra­tion.

Keep ba­bies well hy­drated by breast­feed­ing on de­mand or bot­tle feed­ing as per the rec­om­men­da­tions on the side of the tin.

For more, visit www.kidspot.com.au.

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