When we feel hot, the brain alerts the sweat glands to produce sweat. That is how the body cools down itself. If dehydrated, the body cannot sweat enough to stay cool.
Water helps regulate the bowel movements, maintain the body temperature, maintain the blood volume, lubricate the joints, prevent UTI, kidney stones and more.
We often take care of our water intake and know when to have it. But with small kids who cannot express themselves, it’s tough to know if they are properly hydrated.
The amount of water kids need depends on their sex and age. Other factors on which the water intake depends is the temperature, humidity, activity level and the overall health of the person.
Here is a simple chart to guide you on how much water your kid should have.
These recommendations are set of generally healthy kids who live in a moderate climate, thus might not be exact for everyone.
Boys 4-8 years – 1.1 to 1.3 litres per day
Girls 4-8 years – 1.1 to 1.3 litres per day
Girls 9 -13 years – 1.3 to 1.5 litres per day.
Boys 9 – 13 years – 1.5 to 1.7 litres per day.
The above data is from The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on how much fluid children need.