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Role of Water in your Toddler’s Health

Role of Water in your Toddler’s Health

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Water is one of the most important nutrients that we require every day. However, it is also the most neglected of the nutrients and is remembered only when we feel thirsty.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Why is Water so Important?

About 75% of our body is made up of water.

It helps maintain our normal body temperature.

It helps in the transport of nutrients, oxygen to different parts of the body.

It also helps in clearing out the waste products out of the body.

Water is required for the lubrication of our mouth, eyes, nose and even the joints.

How Much Water does your Toddler Need in a Day?

Indian Dietetic Association recommends how much fluid children need based on their body weight. This accounts for total fluid intake including water.

Body weight of child (kg)

Fluid (ml/day)


Ensure that your child ups his or her intake of fluids if he or she:
• Passes urine that is dark in colour
• Passes less urine
• Complains of headache
• Is less energetic
• Complains of dizziness

The ideal thing to do is to ensure that you replace whatever fluid your child loses through sweat and urine. To beat the heat during summer or if your child has been running around a lot while playing, then give him or her more water. Your child should drink water before, during and after physical activity.

It might be difficult to actively monitor water losses from the body and replace. Hence, as a thumb rule, you can make sure that your child drinks about 6–8 cups of water a day. This amount may seem a lot, but don’t worry. You can also count in that glass of milk or the bowl of soup that you give your child. All these foods add to the total water intake in a child’s diet.

How to Include Water in your Child’s Diet?

Give a glass of freshly squeezed juice. Avoid colas and readymade soft drinks.

During summer, you can freeze home-squeezed juice and make popsicles that they can suck on.

Include lots of vegetables and fruits which are high in water content. Watermelons, oranges, cucumbers, tomatoes are great choices even for a fussy eater .

Give your child soups, coconut water, buttermilk etc.

If your child does not enjoy plain water, add a dash of lemon to it.

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