3 Clever Ways To Help Your Child Get Enough Water Each Day

More than half of the adult human body is composed of water, and it’s even higher in babies, a whopping 75 percent.

But with water being such an important part of maintaining proper health, many Americans walk around dehydrated each day, which brings on a slew of health problems.

And children often have an even more difficult time drinking water, often preferring to sip on sweet treats such as soda or sugary juice. But if you’re having difficulty getting your child to drink water, we’ve got you covered with these 3 tricks!

Here are 3 ways to help your child get more water, and actually enjoy it:

  1. Add Some Flavor: Make drinking water fun again!

Get creative and place frozen berries or cucumbers in their water.

Having fruit in water is a great way to make drinking water fun, and you can even allow your child to select the fruit of their choice.

You can even make ice cubes from frozen berries as a sweet and cool addition to their drink.

Plus, with summer coming up, it’s the perfect refreshment for a hot day.

If your child likes the fizz, it’s ok to opt for the bubble type, but be careful not to have your children get addicted to the fizzy drink habit which can damage teeth.

Parents reported:

“I’m okay with some no-calorie sparkling drinks like LaCroix or Spindrift (as long as they’re not flavored or sweetened with artificial stuff).

Sometimes we add a splash of 100 percent juice.

But I’m also sensitive to my kids developing a fizzy drink habit, and there’s some evidence that the flavoring used in some sparkling waters lowers the pH to the point of being bad for tooth enamel.”

  1. Buy Them A Cool Water Bottle: Instead of serving water in a boring, regular old glass, consider upping the “cool factor”, and allowing them to pick out their own water bottle.

These days, water bottles often come in large sizes, such as 24oz, and if your child drinks only two a day, they are getting in 6 glasses of water, just by sipping water out of their own bottle

Plus, if they have ownership and responsibility over their bottle, and you encourage them to fill it up, they’ll be more inclined to sip on it throughout the day.

  1. Lead By Example: Moms, if you’re quick to reach for a sugary drink instead of choosing water, don’t think your children aren’t paying attention!

Kids are quick to mimic their parent’s habits, and if you refuse to drink water, it will be more difficult to get them to drink it too.

Get into the habit yourself of drinking water and teach your children the benefits of staying hydrated each day.

Not getting enough water can cause severe health problems such as exhaustion, headaches, and irritability.

The body needs water to survive, so teach your child at a young age to enjoy drinking water, and you’ll set them up for success later in life.

Moms, what ways do you encourage your children to get enough water each day?

What are your favorite ways to make drinking water fun for your children?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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