I saw several generally healthy patients this week who I suspect were tending toward dehydration. Presenting symptoms were fatigue, sluggishness, headaches, temper tantrums, and constipation. In the course of evaluating them I discovered that they were all tending to be too low in water intake.
We know we need water, but how can you know how much is enough? Water is a basic necessity, needed to maintain healthy body function, a clear mind, and a good balance within your tissues. Water content varies according to your age. The younger you are, the more water content you should have. About 60 percent of a healthy adult body is water, and you must constantly replenish the supply, as it’s used continuously in the processes of life. Many people fail to drink enough of it. The standard recommendation is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. Some people do a little better with less and some people need a little more than 64 ounces. Do try to drink as much as you can, and more than you think you need.
If your child is dragging with low energy, have them drink a glass of water first. Some children begin to act out when hydration is low. Listen to complaints of headaches and address with fluid first. If there is a consistent problem with inadequate water intake, bowel function can become sluggish too. Start at a young age getting your child into a healthy water drinking habit.