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It's been suggested that children who are mildly dehydrated at school have a low concentration span, impaired fine motor skills and poorer short-term memory.
Various bits of research have been done to find out if children who are properly hydrated perform better and are better behaved in school.
Even though a child's body is made up of 60% water, just a 1% to 2% loss of water means they're dehydrated.
The latest recommendations for what kids should be drinking to stay hydrated (ideally water or milk) depends on their age and gender:
|Boys & Girls||Aged 2 - 3||0.9 - 1 litres|
|Boys & Girls||Aged 4 - 8||1.1 - 1.3 litres|
|Girls||Aged 9 - 13||1.3 - 1.5 litres|
|Boys||Aged 9 - 13||1.5 - 1.7 litres|
|Girls||Aged 14 - 18||1.4 - 1.6 litres|
|Boys||Aged 14 - 18||1.8 - 2 litres|
Soft drinks, fruit juices and smoothies contain too much added sugar to be considered a good source of hydration.
The high-levels of sugar can cause tooth decay and obesity, so it's best that children stick to water, low fat milk, or drinks free from added sugar. Not to mention that the caffeine content is not recommended for young children.
To avoid any potential short and long-term health issues, it's time to get the kids to quit the sugary drinks and get them sipping something good, like crisp filtered water!