According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there is no specific amount of water a child should drink daily. Children's water requirements vary based on their age, gender, level of physical activity, the temperature outside and their overall health. Keeping this in mind, the USDA offers a hydration guideline chart to give you a general idea how much water your child may need.
The human body is mostly of water — in fact after the age of two, 60 percent of our body weight is water — so it's no surprise we need to stay hydrated to ensure optimal health. But what are the specific health benefits of drinking water? And what happens if kids don't get enough?
If you have preschool age kids, check out the book Drinking Water by Mari C. Schuh. It helps explain why your body needs water and ways to enjoy it.
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