Because a human body is mostly water, it is a fact that water is more important than food. More than half of a human body weight is water and humans can not survive with only food being served without any liquid intakes particularly water. The human body has so many important functions and it needs water to do every task well and effectively.
Kids are more active than adults and they have different needs with regards to water intake. If your child is active with sports, he or she must have more water intake. We can also get water from fruits and vegetables and some of these are watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and also strawberries.
Below is a guideline which can be used to estimate the daily water intake for your kids. This guideline varies on your child’s’ activity on a daily basis but still can be used as an estimate. You should put in mind that the more active your child is, the more water he or she needs daily. If the weather outside is warm, then it is also a must to drink more.
For girls aged 4 to 8 years old, she should take 4 glasses of water daily and boys needs 4 ½ cups.
For girls aged 9 to 13 years old should take 5 glasses daily and boys needs 6 glasses.
For girls aged 14 to 18 years old should take 6 glasses daily and boys needs 9 glasses.
How enough is enough?
If proper fluid intake is always observed, getting the best out of your child’s health is always attainable. But how enough is enough then? There is not much to worry about getting too much hydration because the body always responds to a stimuli. This means that when the body detects that there is too much water being taken, the body will eliminate the excess water through urination. You can also identify if your child needs more hydration if her or his pee is dark yellow while an exact hydration will show a light yellow urine.