Inadequate fluid intake leads to evidence that they can focus their attention and their poor performance in school, for example, diminish. Why is drinking too much, has done so often that the sensation of thirst is designed for children too weak.

In many cases, but also evidence of adults are behind it, not to drink too much. The long refuted by the scientific idea that is unhealthy to drink a lot, is still widespread and found even in some textbooks to these findings, experts from the University of Paderborn came after the evaluation of scientific studies and data.


This evaluation was the drinking water in order forum to clarify the relationship between drinking and performance of children in school and leisure. Prof. Dr. oec. troph. Helmut Heseker, nutritionist and director of the Division “Nutrition and Health” at the University of Paderborn, and Professor Dr. Michael White evaluated by the Sports Medicine Institute of the University of Paderborn, numerous studies and data on drinking and performance in children (6 to 15 years ) and adolescents (15 to 19 years), and came to the following conclusions: The sensation of thirst in children is often too weak. Especially when they romp lot, climb and run, thirst is not a strong enough signal for children to drink. This is especially true for hot summer days. Even when focused games, the sensation of thirst is suppressed before.

Children compared to adults, a significantly higher water demand. Because in comparison to body weight, body surface area is larger, and the water content in the total body mass and water metabolism are significantly higher. More important, therefore, is a rapidly compensate for fluid losses.

Children and young people drink too little. It is estimated that up to 30 percent of all students without breakfast, and in many cases even without something to drink start to school. A water deficit can arise quickly, although during school breaks and not enough is drunk in the evening. If, for example, from 20:00 clock and the next day drinking until the school closes at 14.00 clock nothing can happen because of the normal loss of body fluid losses already up to 2 percent. This will lead to a reduction of physical and mental performance.

Fatigue the research shows can be prevented by timely right drink. To ensure adequate hydration, the Forum recommends drinking water: Even young children with meals generally offer a suitable beverage (eg drinking water, mineral water, juice spritzers, fruit or herbal tea). For school breakfast and a drink always combine. Children always encourage to drink, especially if they do a lot of rage or sport, and on hot days. Children aged 6 to 13 years old should drink about 1 liter of fluid per day, from 13 to 19 years about 1 1/2 liter.

By exertion and heat, the daily water needs to reach the three to four times that amount. Children at all times adequate thirst quencher bereitstellen.Während the hot car in the summer holidays, when traveling in climates should make sure parents are aware that their children drink a lot and she always encouraged to do so.