When your kids are out having fun, it’s easy for them to get caught up in the moment and not even notice when they’re thirsty. So, even if they’re out of sight, parents need to check and make sure they’re not getting dehydrated.
So How Much Water Should Kids Drink?
How much water do kids need? Our expert, Dr. Joshua Thurman tells us, it’s all relative.
“The amount of water that kids should drink depends on their age, size, and level of activity. The body’s sense of thirst is very good at telling kids when and how much they should drink. When they drink as much as the body needs they will no longer feel thirsty, and they will feel better.”
There is a telltale sign: check their pee. If it’s clear, they’re good. But dark yellow or brown urine is a sign of dehydration — and means they need to up their water intake.
Kids being kids, they might want something other than water. Dr. Josh says it’s better to “develop the habit of drinking water. Juice and soda have added sugar, which they do not need if they are eating a healthy diet.”
Developing that habit is easier when it’s fun. So make sure they have a water bottle that not only looks cool but gives them a glow when they need to take a gulp. They’ll be staying healthy and making a statement at the same time!
ABOUT OUR EXPERT
Dr. Joshua Thurman, MD is a board-certified nephrologist and Professor of Medicine specializing in renal medical diseases and hypertension at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He has been in practice for more than 22 years.