Promoting healthy drinking habits in children

Nurs Times. 2012 Oct 9-15;108(41):20-1.


Good fluid intake in children is vitally important as they have immature thirst mechanisms, relatively high rates of fluid loss and are physically active. Poor fluid intake may affect children's cognitive functioning as well as bladder control. Research shows that children drink seven times as much soft drink as water. Schools have a vital role to play in ensuring that children develop healthy drinking patterns.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Dehydration / nursing*
  • Dehydration / prevention & control*
  • Drinking*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • School Health Services*
  • School Nursing / methods*
  • Sex Characteristics