While it’s always good to ensue that your children are drinking enough, it is particularly important as we head into the summer months. Warm weather can put children at risk of dehydration, especially when they’re running around and enjoying the sunshine.
If you’re worried that your child isn’t drinking enough, you can talk to your doctor at the paediatrics service in London. You should also make sure that you’re making the right choices about healthy drinks for your family.
Sugary drinks contain lots of calories, even though they won’t make your child feel full or provide them with any additional nutrition. These empty calories could put your child at risk of obesity and all of the health and self-esteem problems that can be associated with it. If you are worried about your child’s weight, a visit to our paediatrics service could help. Your doctor can provide advice on healthy eating, exercise and how to address this sensitive issue. Another reason to be cautious about giving sugary drinks to your child is the damage they can do to teeth. Many children end up needing frequent trips to the dentist to deal with cavities caused by too much sugar.
Sugary drinks to avoid or limit include:
However, fruit juices can still be a pleasant treat and they do contain plenty of vitamins and minerals that are good for your child. Just make sure that you aren’t giving them too often and try to limit them to mealtimes to reduce the impact on your child’s teeth.
Make sure that your child has a healthy drink at every meal and a bottle to take with them when they’re out in the sunshine. The best drinks for children are milk and water. Children under one should only be given formula or breast milk. After the age of one, full fat cows’ milk and alternatives such as soya can be given, although you should check that they don‘t have added sugar. If you suspect that your child has a cows’ milk allergy, you should seek advice from the paediatrics service.