Half of U.S. Children Aren't Drinking Enough Water
March 01, 2017
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children'sExperts in Children's Health
Gardens aren't the only things that require regular watering. Kids need plenty of H2O to grow, too. A surprising new study finds about half of them aren't getting it.
Researchers took urine samples from more than 4,100 children age 6 and older. A total of 54.5 percent of them showed evidence of dehydration. And no wonder – they reported drinking fewer than three glasses of water the previous day, plus two servings of sugary beverages and one glass of milk.
In general, kids and teens should drink about six to eight cups of water per day, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They should also eat plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables.