Tricks to encourage children to drink more water on a daily basis
Water and physical activity are two things that are vital to children every day if we want to see them energetic, active and happy. Unfortunately, many parents are still unaware that not all fluids are valuable and beneficial to the human body. Sweet still fruit drinks contain about 10-12 percent of sugar, which usually amounts to almost 25-30g of added sugar. Everything else is non-carbonated natural mineral water, which adults need to drink about one and a half litres a day. Children are no exception, their pace of life is very active, they move a lot, run, their body consumes a lot of energy for growth, and therefore, water should also accompany them at every step of their way.
Water – the source of life
The importance of water is undeniable, it is related to the viability of human cells, metabolism, transfer of nutrients, regulation of body temperature and elimination functions. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, the average daily dose is around 30 ml/1 kg of the body weight. For example, if a child weighs 20 kg, he should drink three glasses of water per day.
Naturally, children don’t see water as appealing as juice or lemonade; however, parents can use a variety of tricks to get them used to it. With the right habit of drinking water all the time, the child will no longer need to be encouraged or reminded, it will seem normal to him or her.
An example set by the whole family
Children are a reflection of their parents, so constant consumption of water is a good habit for the whole family. If adults start the day with a glass of mineral water, children are also likely to enjoy the same thing, following their example. If parents choose water instead of “colourful” drinks at the lunch or dinner table, their little ones will behave in the same way. If you have a bottle of mineral water with you every day, this habit will appear in the routine of your offspring as well. To kindergarten, school, in the yard or on a trip – it is important to have water at hand everywhere.
Let the child have his own personal bottle
Children love to have something of their own and tendentiously pursue a goal. 0.5 litre of non-carbonated natural mineral water TICHĖ KIDS is very popular among children for several reasons. First of all, it is a convenient, small, easy-to-hold package with a cap adapted for children (spill proof, easy to control the flow of water). Secondly, the bottles of this mineral water are illustrated with playful heroes who are really loved by children and add fun to the drink itself. Thirdly, parents will also be happy if their children choose non-carbonated TICHĖ KIDS natural mineral water, because it is the water that nature itself balanced perfectly from natural minerals, suitable not only to refresh but also to replenish the human body with the most essential minerals.
A small capacity bottle – 0.5 litres – is loved by children because they can watch and see how much water they have already drank. This also becomes a certain goal – to finish the whole bottle of mineral water.
Flavour the water with your child’s favourite ingredients
If your child is not successful in becoming acquainted with water, get creative. Flavour the non-carbonated natural mineral water TICHĖ with lemons, mint or berries that are especially loved by children: blueberries, heathberries or raspberries.
If your little one is very fond of coloured drinks, “colour” the water with natural ingredients. Spinach and pomegranate juice are ideal for this. Turmeric is also worth a try.
Tell them about the benefits of water
We all know that water is the elixir of life, so in order for the cells to remain active and the body to absorb the necessary substances, we need to drink enough of it every day. If we want our children, both very young and older, to understand why we need to drink water, we should talk to them about it. This will act as an incentive for a small child if you explain that water makes up most of our planet. Additionally, you should tell them how important water is for the life of every creature. A great example is a garden or an orchard. Show your little one what happens to a cared-for, watered plant, how it grows and turns towards the sun and what happens to plants that do not get enough water. Older children can perhaps be fascinated by the nuances of human anatomy and how much water we ourselves are made of. Teens are the easiest to educate through medical facts: Do you want beautiful facial skin? Don’t forget to drink enough water every day!
Acquire the habit from early days of life
All good habits are the easiest to form in the first years of childhood. This applies to both a balanced diet and a daily habit of drinking water. Tap water is not recommended for children under two years of age, so parents usually choose either boiled or special, non-carbonated natural mineral water suitable for children.
If you offer your little one water instead of juice or sweetened tea from the very beginning of feeding, it will become a normal, usual form of refreshment. When refreshing yourself with water you should always show only positive emotions and enjoy it. This will impress children and they will want to follow your example.