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Thursday 13 December 2018

Quarter of kids don't drink with breakfast

More than one-quarter of parents do not give their children anything to drink with breakfast, a survey has suggested.

A poll of more than 2,000 parents found 19pc said their child just had milk with their cereal, while 9pc said their child did not drink at all with the first meal of the day.

Over two-thirds of parents (67pc) said their children are not allowed to leave the classroom to get a drink during lessons and fewer than 50pc of children use a water fountain during the day.

The poll was conducted by the UK's Natural Hydration Council (NHC), which receives financial support from manufacturers of bottled water.

Dr Emma Derbyshire, who is researcher in human nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University and advises the NHC, said: "It is certainly concerning that some children may be going for up to 18 hours without a drink.

DEHYDRATION

"Children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults as they have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight.

"In addition, children don't always recognise the early stages of thirst, which can make them particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, especially during times that can drive up their body fluid losses, for example, in the school playground, or during warm weather.

"We should try to encourage children to drink water from a young age as it is one of the healthiest ways to hydrate, as it contains zero sugar, calories, preservatives or additives."

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