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Drinks for children aged 5-12 years

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Milk and water are the best drinks for children.

The amount of fluid a child needs depends on a number of things.

These include:

Children who exercise a lot need to replace the fluid lost through sweating and will need to drink more.

A child who is not drinking enough will become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include:

Is my child drinking enough?

Checking the colour of urine is a simple way to see if your child is drinking enough - urine should be a pale yellow colour. If a child is passing clear urine regularly throughout the day, it is likely that they are drinking enough. If it’s darker than number three on the Pee Chart, more fluid is needed.

pee chart PDIG and sportSuitable drinks

Did you know……?

Created by the Paediatric Dietitians’ Interest Group (PDIG) of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) November 2015. Review date: November 2018

© 2015 Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute, INDI. All rights reserved. May be reproduced in its entirety provided the source is acknowledged. This information is not meant to replace advice from your medical doctor or individual counselling withadietitian. It is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

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