Teach your children to respect their bodies and they will love you for it. You probably already know it's just as important for infants and kids to get ample water throughout the day as it is for you. But, some kids balk at drinking a full glass of water instead of their favourite juice or soda. That's why it's essential to make great-tasting Brita® water a habit. It's definitely one worth starting. Just put a Brita® pitcher at the table at meal time and a Brita® faucet mount in the kitchen and bathroom.

Your Infant & Water

Infants need water to grow and thrive. They can get a healthy amount of water from breast milk, and if you put them on a regular feeding schedule it can be extremely beneficial. If necessary, some doctors prescribe electrolyte mixes that provide sodium as well as necessary vitamins and minerals. Consult your doctor to make sure you're giving your baby the right amount of water every day.

Something to keep in mind: New mothers who breastfeed their babies also need to increase their daily water intake. A new mother loses more water in her system than usual when breast-feeding.

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"New mothers who breastfeed their babies also need to increase their daily water intake."

Your Children & Water

Your kid is active and may lose one to two quarts of water by the end of the day. That water needs to be replenished throughout the day. And, it's not just their activity that makes kids need water, it's vital to their healthy growth and development. Water can also help play a positive role in managing your child's weight. Childhood obesity is a national epidemic and the habits kids form when they are with you and on their own are crucial to maintaining a healthy weight.

Tip: Eat at home more often and keep a Brita® pitcher handy and/or add a fun faucet filtration system so your kid remembers to choose water. Once they feel and understand the difference water makes in their lives, it will become their favourite form of refreshment. Stock healthy foods and remove any juice and soda from their diet.

 

Dehydration & Your Child

With kids and/or infants in your life, it's important to know the signs of dehydration so you can give them the water they need when they need it most. We know you don't need reminding, but they rely on you to keep them healthy. Dehydration poses serious risks.

Dehydration in infants can be extremely dangerous. They experience more than four times the amount of normal fluid loss that adults experience when they're dehydrated, so you'll want to stay aware if symptoms arise.

Causes of infant dehydration:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms of infant dehydration:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Dry mouth
  • Lack of tears
  • Listlessness
  • Fussiness

Symptoms of severe infant dehydration:

  • Few or no wet diapers
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sunken eyes
  • A sunken, soft spot developing on the head

Your baby may need water immediately when any of the above causes or symptoms occur. Consult your pediatrician for more information.

Toddlers and kids of any age (including your teenagers) are also in a high-risk dehydration category, although they are not as vulnerable to dehydration as infants.

Causes of dehydration in children:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Too much sun
  • Fever
  • Too much exercise

Symptoms of dehydration in children:

  • Dry, non-elastic skin
  • Dark urine
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes

Ways to help prevent dehydration in children:

  • When playing in the sun, take a water break every 15 to 20 minutes
  • Drink water during activity breaks, NOT soda or juice (Soda often has caffeine and sugar; juice has sugar)
  • Drinking fluoridated tap water is also good for children. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Brita systems have been tested and verified to remove only a trace amount of fluoride over the life of a filter.
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"Your kid is active and may lose one to two quarts of water by the end of the day. And, it's not just their activity that makes kids need water, it's vital to their healthy growth and development."