Water is vital: a real essential nutrient (as stated by the Decalogue of Good Hydration of the SIPPS (Società Italiana di Pediatria Preventiva e Sociale) (Italian Association of Preventative Pediatric and Social Medicine) that must be part of a correct diet, even for children. In the first few months of life, newborns do not need any other liquids other than milk, which is made up of about 90% water, be it either breast milk or formula. When the time comes to make the switch to baby food, one needs to be careful to integrate a well-balanced water, both for drinking and food preparation.
Frasassi per i bambini
Water for Growing Children
In una sezione da indicazione di quanta acqua andrebbe assunta ogni giorno, suddivisa per fasce d’età, considerando che queste quantità comprendono l’acqua presente negli alimenti.
|6-12 mesi||800 ml||800 ml|
|1-3 anni||1200 ml||1200 ml|
|4-6 anni||1600 ml||1600 ml|
|7-10 anni||1800 ml||1800 ml|
|11-14 anni||2100 ml||1900 ml|
|15-17 anni||2500 ml||2000 ml|
Little “Tricks” to Make Kids Drink More
If a child doesn’t drink and refuses water, there are a few tricks to get them to drink: a colored glass, a straw, a grown-up cup. You can play hide-and-seek with the glasses, play role-playing games with stuffed animals and dolls… all you need is a touch of imagination to help them start drinking more. Try to incorporate play and imitating grown-ups into their daily hydration.
Water and Children’s Sports
Sports represent a fundamental part in the life of a growing child. In fact, it can be practiced starting from 3 years of age, in favor of a balanced and harmonious body, skeletal, muscle and joint development in children. According to the Decalogue of Good Hydration of SIPPS (Società Italiana di Pediatria Preventiva e Sociale) (Italian Association of Preventative Pediatric and Social Medicine) for the proper hydration of a child practicing sports, it is recommended that they drink before, during and after:
- Before: pre-hydration before beginning the sport equal to 90-180 ml (if they weigh less than 40 kg) or 180-360 ml (if they weigh over 40 kg);
- During: drinking at least 150-240 ml every 20 minutes throughout the activity;
- After: post-activity hydration