Why Children Need Water

Why Children Need Water

Parents understand that for their child to be healthy, they need for good nutrition, but they also need plenty of water! The human body is about 50% - 60% water and it is necessary for our health and well-being. Water is part of our cells, blood, digestion, waste elimination and lubricates joints. We cannot live more than a few days without water. Thirst is not a good early sign of dehydration. By the time a child feels thirsty, he or she may already be dehydrated. Too little water can lead to dehydration with the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dry mouth, muscle weakness, dizziness, and lightheadedness

 Dehydration can also lead to poor concentration and reduced cognitive abilities. Dr. P. Norman (2014) states, “By the time thirst is felt, there may be a loss of body weight up to 2% from water loss and a 10% cognitive decline may be present. Water makes up 80% of the brain and is essential in the transmission of neurological signals. Even mild levels of dehydration can impact school performance.

            As we begin to enter warmer weather, remember to send a water bottle or a refillable water container with your child to school everyday. The Wyoming PTO purchased new bottle filler station for the students to refill their bottles with filtered water. It is in the cafeteria for everyone to use and maintain good hydration and healthy bodies.

 

Resources

Drewnowski, A. Rehm, C. & Constant, F. (2013). Water and beverage consumption    

     among children age 4-13y in the United States: analyses of 2005–2010 NHANES      

     data. Nutrition Journal 12. Retrieved from http://www.nutritionj.com/content/12/1/85

Norman, P. (2014) Feeding the brain for academic success: How nutrition and    

     hydration boost learning.  Healthy Brain for Life. Retrieved from

     http://www.healthybrainforlife.com/articles/school-health-and-nutrition/feeding-the-

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