Water is one of the body’s most essential nutrients. Humans cannot live without water for many days. Water is the best drink for children and parents should constantly encourage their children to drink enough water according to their age.
How much water does a child need to drink?
Children’s bodies contain a larger amount of water than an adult. That is why children are more vulnerable to dehydration than adults. The smaller the baby, the more water his body contains. In newborns and infants, water is 75% of their total body weight, while in adults it is about 60% of their total weight.
For the above reason it is more important for children to drink water throughout the day.
The daily amount of water that children need is the following:
The daily amount of water that children need depends on factors such as age, weight and sex but also on their level of physical activity and environmental conditions (for example when it’s hot their needs increase).
It is therefore recommended that children consume water as follows: At the age of 2 to consume about 1.3 litres per day, with a gradual increase until the age of 17, where 2.2 to 2.5 litres of water per day are recommended as in adults.
In case of exercise or increased temperatures then the following are recommended:
So why is water necessary for the human body?
Water is the basic component of the human body. Some of the body fluids are:
Just as machines need oil and lubricants to work well, our bodies use water the same way: