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Top Tips For Keeping Kids Hydrated #TermTimeEssentials


Keeping your kids hydrated can be a challenge - especially when they're not under your direct supervision during the school day. How do you make sure that they're getting enough water to drink? It's important for children to stay hydrated, especially when they're at school. If they get dehydrated it can affect their performance and concentration, make them tired as well as grouchy and irritable.

I'll be honest I very rarely drink water, I know how unhealthy that sounds and how good it is for your body but it's just never been my drink of choice. I do know that I need to start drinking more and why I've been so tired and irritable lately as they are both signs of dehydration. However when it comes to my kids I always ensure they are both hydrated and always have a bottle of Highland Spring to hand. Both of the kids drink water every day, and I don't want them taking on my bad habits with fizzy drinks.

Some things you might not know about kids and hydration:

+ Kids should drink more water in relation to their body size than bigger people
+ It’s recommended that children drink approximately 6-8 glasses per day
+ Water is the best way to hydrate as it’s free of sugar, sweeteners, colourings and calories
+ Kids don’t always recognise when they’re thirsty, so it’s best to encourage good drinking habits 
+ Sipping throughout the day is the best way to encourage hydration
+ Popping a bottle of Highland Spring into their lunchbox helps them to remember to sip at school
+ It’s harder for kids to concentrate when they’re dehydrated
+ Studies have shown that kids who drink a litre of water over the course of a school day have better short-term memory and generally perform better than those who don’t
+ Water at mealtimes can help children tolerate vegetables
+ Sometimes if kids don’t drink enough during the day, they get thirsty and drink before bed. This can increase the risk of little accidents during the night


Here are my top tips for keeping your kids hydrated at school:

1. Make it routine. Turn drinking water into part of your daily routine. I always send Amelia off to school with at least one bottle of water so she can sip on it throughout the day. On days where she has P.E or after school clubs I'll send another one. It's recommended that children drink 6-8 glasses a day so I make sure the kids both drink plenty of water at home too between and with each meal.

2. Set a good example. Children will follow your lead so ensure that they see you drinking water at home too. I really need to get better at doing this as I don't drink water at all so I have set myself a challenge to drink at least two bottles of water a day. I am cutting back on fizzy drinks and hopefully if the kids see me drinking water they will follow my lead and not ask for other sugary drinks.


3. Take a cold bottle of water for the school run home. I always take a cold bottle straight from the fridge when I greet Amelia from school so she can drink it on the way home. I find on days where she has after school activities such as gym and dance she's finished her water bottle by the end of the school day so she always appreciates me bringing her a bottle of water.

4. Get the kids involved with recycling. Amelia loves to help out around the house especially when it comes to recycling. She always likes to put out the empty bottles in our recycling box at home.

5. Make it accessible. I like to buy the bottles with the sports cap as they're great for when on the go, I always carry one in my bag and in the car incase of emergencies. For my kids as they're still young the sports bottle top helps them to drink more. They can simply flip the lid open, and drink from it where as with the screw top bottles they drink a lot less as it takes them longer to open it or in Harry's case he'd have to ask me to open it for him.


6. Add fruit. Infuse your water with slices of fruit and leave in the fridge to set overnight. This is great if your kids aren't keen on plain water and adds a pop of flavour. Strawberries, lime and lemons work well for this.

7. Make it fun. When you're at home add straws to the glass with water. Write little messages on the bottle so they see it at school to make them smile. This could be a note to remind them something, a quick love you or even a joke.

Do you have any tips for getting children to drink more water?

Disclosure: “I’m working with Highland Spring and BritMums in a paid relationship promoting the #TermTimeEssentials campaign about the importance of hydration to kids. Visit http://highlandspringmagazine.com for more advice and tips.”

17 comments

  1. I am super lucky in that my girls only really like water but, even though they always ask for water, they don't drink enough. I don't drink enough and i think Elle has definitely picked up that trait from me. I love the idea of adding fruit to the water to make it a little more exciting, as to me water is boring! I think i might even start using fruit in water instead of fizzy drinks as i am starting a health kick on monday! x

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  2. Rosalie mostly drinks water or milk but now she has turned two I do let her have a dash of squash if she asks for it. She still doesn't drink enough. I keep trying to give her more but I forget as I also don't drink enough x

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  3. I hadn't thought how water can make them eat their food better. It makes sense, though. Straws always help my two too! x

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  4. We sometimes make fruity ice-cubes to add to Amy's water. It's not a must for her though, she's always preferred water over any other drink x

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  5. All I can think of is all that water you got! Great information, water's really important for brain stamina

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  6. My kids are quite good at getting enough water. I on the other hand am terrible. I drink a tonne of tea and coffee out of habit and to give my self a little break during the day. I like these little bottles with the sports caps as they are less likely to get spilled by my little ones.

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  7. I'm a bit like you - I do have a fizzy drink habit and know I should drink more water, but it was never something I was told about as a kid, so consequently, I try to make it a priority for my own kids, so they don't get my bad habits! Good luck with your challenge to drink more yourself, great post!

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  8. I think setting a good example is such an important point. Even if they don't admit it, kids are highly affected by the behaviour they see.

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  9. Some great tips. I'm quite lucky that both my two love water, Paige more than Parker but they both drink a lot. It makes me drink more too if I'm constantly getting them drinks. Hope your challenge goes well x

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  10. Setting a good example is really important - Steve and I exclusively drink water around the kids (cough cough and occasionally wine)

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  11. great tips here Kerry - and I love that cute backpack!

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  12. I think that it is great to set an example to kids and this has reminded me to make sure I always have a bottle of water on the go myself and you are right recycling is so important too.

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  13. I like the idea of having a cold bottle ready after activities!

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  14. there's nothing better than an ice cold bottle of water! Tastes so much more refreshing too! Always better chilled. Nothing worse than warm water... x

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  15. The kids always drink so much more water when I drink it too - if I have anything 'more exciting' then they'll refuse to drink water. Setting a good example is just so important. Amelia looks so grown up in her uniform! x

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  16. I get the kids drinking water/squash but I forget myself! I need to be a better example for them. They are really good and will happily have water if offered and nothing else is on offer!

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  17. When I see the highland water bottle, I have to think about the chunk of bottles you posted the other day. lol
    I sent off my oldest with a bottle of those but the Lidl version but he does drink one or two glasses after that. not sure if he reaches that during the week but he definitely does at the weekend.

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