Drinks for kids
Children need many little drinks during their day. Regularly offer drinks, as your child might forget to drink when exercising and get dehydrated, this can be dangerous for young children.
You need about 8–10 cups of fluid each day to keep your body hydrated and working properly.
- Plain fluoridated tap water is best – it’s cheap and you can get it anywhere. Keep a jug of water in the fridge which you can add flavour with fresh mint or slices of lemon, if desired.
- Low-fat milk is also a good choice for children because it contains protein, energy and many vitamins and minerals. Soy or rice milk with added calcium are dairy-free choices.
- Drink more water in warm weather and when you are doing lots of physical work or activity.
- Don't let your children have too much fruit juice – it's full of sugar. If they are drinking fruit juice, weaken it by adding water (1⁄2 a cup of water for 1⁄2 a cup of juice) and try to limit them to meal times – this can help to defend teeth from the sugar in the fruit juice.
- Soft drinks are filled with sugar and sometimes have caffeine. They should be drinks that children drink rarely (less than once a week).
- Don’t offer tea or coffee to children. They contain caffeine which may affect your children’s sleep and lead to dehydration. Other substances found in tea and coffee can lower the level of iron children get from their food.
- Never give your children energy drinks, energy shots or drinks which contain guarana. These have a lot of caffeine and most are extremely high in sugar.