Come on Mom, get used to your little one drinking water this way

Come on Mom, get used to your little one drinking water this way

Water is one of the substances that the body really needs, including innull children. But what if the little one is very difficult to drink water? Calm down Mother, because there is a fun way to get your little one to drink water.

Water is useful for boosting the immune system, keeping body temperature stable, making skin healthier, maximizing brain function, and increasing learning concentration. Lack of water can cause dehydration, but it also increases the risk of constipation and obesity in children.

How to get used to your little one drinking water

Mothers can start giving the baby water to drink since he is more than 6 months old. Give water to complete the fluid needs according to the child's age.

The fluid needs per day for children recommended by the Indonesian Pediatric Association are:
  • 800 milliliters (ml) or about 2-3 cups, for children 7-12 months old
  • 1.3 liters or about 4 cups, for children aged 1-3 years
  • 1.7 liters or about 5 cups, for children 4-8 years old
  • 2.1 – 2.4 liters or 8-10 glasses, for children over the age of 9 years.
The size of the glass used in the description above is a starfruit glass, or about 250 ml. Children's fluid needs can be met through food and drink. Your little one can get fluids from drinks through milk, fruit juices, and water.

To get your little one to drink water, there are several ways you can do it. Some of them are:

Provide a drinking bottle that your little one likes

Attract your little one's interest in drinking water by giving him a water bottle with a cartoon character or his favorite object. Your little one will feel that drinking water is fun. Gradually your little one will drink water without needing to be reminded. In choosing a drinking bottle or glass for your little one, make sure it's BPA-free, Mom.

Add ice cubes or sliced ​​fruit

Once in a while, you can also add a unique shape of ice cubes into your little one's glass or bottle. For example, ice cubes in the shape of a star, heart, flower, or sun. This of course will attract your little one to drink water. In addition, Mother can add fruit slices into the Little One's drinking bottle. The bright color and slight taste of the fruit will catch his eye. Fruits that can be your choice are strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, mint leaves, and cherries.

Place it in an easily accessible place

To attract children to drink water, you can also put a drinking bottle in an easy place for your little one to reach. Such as rooms, dining rooms and family rooms. Don't forget to always bring a place to drink when your little one is out of the house, OK. Choose a bottle that is practical to use and does not spill easily.

Limit your little one's choices

Your little one may prefer juice or milk to water. Mother can overcome this by telling her to finish the water first, before drinking juice or milk. That way your little one will feel motivated to always drink water.

Explain the benefits of water

Another way you can do is explain to your little one about the benefits of plain water in a fun way. Your little one will be motivated to drink lots of water.
Currently, there are many special applications for children that can be downloaded on gadgets, to help mark how much your little one drinks water, as well as to remind him. In addition, Mother can meet the fluid needs of the Little One by providing food or drinks that contain lots of water, such as

Paying attention to the adequacy of water in children is indeed important to support their growth and development. Come on Mother, get used to your little one drinking water in a fun way. If you have questions about your child's drinking habits and needs, don't hesitate to consult a doctor.