For the past week, Callum has been taking part in a challenge set by BRITA. He was required to take a BRITA Fill&Go bottle to school with him every day. The bottle had a special sticker on it so that Callum could make sure he was drinking the recommended amount of water during his school day.
It is really important that your child drinks enough water each day especially whilst at school. According to research conducted by BRITA, nearly three-quarters of parents (73%) don’t know how much their children drinks whilst at school and two thirds (66%) don’t know the recommended daily intake of fluid for children. I can honestly say that I didn’t know how much My Three should be drinking but I do now. If like me and you didn’t know it’s recommend that a child aged 5 to 8 years old should drink 5 glasses (1 litre) a day, if they are aged 9 to 12 years old 7 glasses (1.5 litres) a day and for anyone aged 13+ they should drink 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) a day – If your child has been exercising or it’s a hot day then they should drink more than the recommended amount.
When asked why it is important for children to be hydrated at school and how being dehydrated could affect a child’s performance nutritionist Jo Travers says that “Children are less likely to recognise the early stages of thirst meaning that they may forget to drink water regularly. Dehydration negatively affects their cognitive function, visual attention and motor skills.”
My Three’s school has a policy of allowing their children to drink water during the school day both in class and at break times but I don’t think the children really drink that much every day and I don’t think that their teachers know how much they are drinking either. There are a couple of possibilities as to why this is, one reason is that their water bottles don’t have any measurements and so it’s a guess as to how much they’ve actually drunk and two they can’t possibly keep an eye on all the children in each class.Some days the boys have come home from school complaining of headaches and I have had to ask the teachers to see how much they’re actually drinking throughout the day and have often been left shocked when they say they’ve not drunk much due to one reason or another the main ones being they just forget to have a drink when they have been busy doing their work or playing with their friends.
I have to say that over the last week I have noticed that Callum has come home from school more alert and happier. I have asked every night if he has followed the lines on his bottle to make sure he’s been drinking the correct amount of water and he assures me he has been.He has said that since taking part in the challenge he has been able to focus more on his work and hasn’t had a headache once all week. I am hoping that he will continue to use his Fill&Go bottle each day and drink the recommended amount of water.