In the frenzy (and perhaps giddiness) of preparing for your kids’ return to the classroom, it
would be easy to overlook a simple thing like water. But staying properly hydrated will actually help your child learn better.
One of the first signs of dehydration is tiredness, which, in turn, can negatively impact your child’s attention span, memory, and even motor skills. Even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of your child’s brain function. So here are a few tips and tricks to keep them chugging water all day long.
- Start their day with a drink of water. Plain water is best for countering any mild dehydration that can occur after a night’s rest. Add to this a nutritious breakfast, and you’re setting your child up to do better in school. They will have better concentration and more energy.
- Make sure they have access to quality water throughout the day. Bottled water is pricey and it wastes resources, so instead set up your child with a reusable bottle made from BPA-free plastic, BPA-free aluminum, or stainless steel and fill it with filtered water. If you’re not sure which filters are best for you home or water supply, then check out this selection tool.
- Keep up the water consumption after school and in the evening hours too. Try infusing filtered water with fruit as an easy way to offer a tasty and refreshing after school drink. It’s a great alternative to soda!
As an added bonus, consider this: colds tend to be more common in the fall and winter, as kids return to school and are indoors more often. Drinking enough water throughout the day can also help boost your child’s immunity.