A new study from Harvard finds more than half of U.S. children and teens aren’t drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated. Experts say it could lead to a range of health problems and even hurt kids’ ability to learn and think clearly. Danielle Nottingham reports.
Are your kid’s drinking enough water?
This Harvard study found that: Half of all US children and teens are not adequately hydrated.
Even mild dehydration can cause symptoms like:
- Poor physical performance
- Reduced thinking ability
Nearly a quarter of the 4,000 children and teenagers in the study said that they do not drink in plain water at all.
Water is the best hydration, topping even sports drinks. Sports drinks add to the salt load that your body needs to eliminate. If you are thirsty, it’s likely that you are already dehydrated. “Experts say that if you feel thirsty, or your lips tingle, you are probably dehydrated.
When kids are active and busy, it can be hard for them to remember to hydrate. While apps like Plant Nanny can help, give bottles of water on hand at all times, is a great reminder.