On the occasion of World Children’s Day, expert advice arrives to make the little ones drink water in an original and engaging way
World Children’s Day (also known as Universal Children’s Day or International Children’s Day) is celebrated on November 20. It is a day to shed light and encourage action to improve the well-being of all children globally. A child’s well-being also depends on proper hydration: parents are the first to have to teach their little ones from an early age the importance of hydrating. Following proper hydration, drinking several glasses of water a day, is essential. Support is also provided by expert advice to get the little ones used to proper hydration.
This is what In a Bottle (www.inabottle.it) reports in a focus on the relationship between well-being and proper hydration.
The amount of fluids a child should take, as claimed by the British Nutrition Foundation, depends on several factors, such as age, sex and climatic conditions. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) also recommends a daily “dose” ranging from six to eight glasses. Children are less heat tolerant than adults and may be more likely to become dehydrated, especially when the temperature outside is high. Finally, drinking during the day is also recommended because it hydrates the human body without providing additional calories.
“The main tool that adults have at their disposal – explains Mattia Lamberti, pedagogist, family and school consultant – is to set an example for the little ones. Another idea could be to give them a ‘personalized’ glass and always leave water available at home. It is also advisable, when you are playing, to include drinking turns. If the grown-ups drink first, the children will too and they won’t forget it. Finally, to reward, symbolically or with compliments, when the little ones have finished their glass. You can therefore offer a drink before they ask for it, but remember not to overdo it in order not to risk the opposite effect “.
To ensure that the little ones get used to drinking correctly, a series of themed cartoons has also been created. The episodes, in which the “superhero” Pocoyo is the protagonist, can be found on both YouTube and Netflix. In one of these, for example, Pocoyo is drinking some water and, as soon as he sees a hot friend, he immediately offers him a glass, to the happiness of both of them.