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This can’t be good for her and I don’t know what to do. She has a Kleen Kanteen at lunch filled with water but she doesn’t drink it! I’m reluctant to start giving her squash at lunch because of the sugar and she is not keen on Apple juice cartons really. She often doesn’t drink at break either. She must be getting so dehydrated during school hours! Now she is in Year Two she is expected to remember herself and not get reminded by teachers etc. I think she wants to get outside to play! What can I do?

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I am not too sure what you can do but just wondering if they have access to water throughout the day in lessons? In the two schools the boys have been to, they both have water bottles that get filled up each day and they can drink them through the lesson. I sympathise with the wanting to go out to play though as my eldest doesn’t eat much lunch because he wants to get out and play, this really has a knock on effect with his behaviour as the day goes on.

snowleopard - 16 December 2014 06:16 PM

I am not too sure what you can do but just wondering if they have access to water throughout the day in lessons? In the two schools the boys have been to, they both have water bottles that get filled up each day and they can drink them through the lesson. I sympathise with the wanting to go out to play though as my eldest doesn’t eat much lunch because he wants to get out and play, this really has a knock on effect with his behaviour as the day goes on.

Unfortunately not, they went through a phase of doing it but there was too much fiddling/knocking over so now they are in a tray at side of classroom. I’ll have another word with her this afternoon but I know it can’t be good for how she is feeling. She not a big drinker at breakfast either. She does drink well in bed though as she has a bottle with her during the night so at least there is that.

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I have a similar problem with my daughter, although luckily now, she is Home Educated so I can remind her. It is a constant battle though to get her to drink enough and she just never seems to be thirsty.
    If I were you, I would have a word with her teacher. Even though they are supposed to remember themselves, the consequences of not drinking enough could end up with her having to have time off school. Other than that, get her to drink as much as she can before she goes into school and have a flask ready for as soon as she comes out. xx

I have a similar problem with my daughter - age 6 - the school children were all given water bottles as part of a drink more water campaign in Wales - I was so pleased! but, just a few weeks on and she just comes home with a full bottle all the time. I am thinking of asking the school to push it a bit more again. I have a suspicion that it caused chaos to start with - lots of children at the drinks fountain (note home to that effect, for us to please fill at home in the morning), fair enough, but at least there was some enthusiasm and surely that was what we were after!

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Does she have a packed lunch or school lunch? If you can send in melon or other very juicy fruit it will help a bit.

I have had exactly the same problem with my children(also often not eating their lunch/snack either!) It is very worrying.I have tried all sorts of things and nothing seems to encourage them.My son also gets migraines so super important that he keeps hydrated. He is a bit older now, 14, and in the last year or so has finally started to use the tap at school and drink…still not his water bottle though(and has finally started to eat too!!)Have spoken to both of their teachers in the past and they are always really happy to remind them but more often than not they forget,which is fair enough with 25 or so children to keep an eye on.I just make them have a drink before they go to school.water,herb tea or even sometimes warm milk if they are really being reluctant.They sometimes make a fuss but they arent aloud to leave before they have had something grin and a large drink when they get in .Its all you can do i suppose. And keep talking to them about the importance of drinking water,without nagging too much wink .......juicy fruit is a good idea!! x

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I have had a word with my dd teacher, she is the same age and forgets to drink.

She gets dry skin and eczema and headaches if she goes without a drink.

I would get your dd to drink a bottle of water before school and take one for one the way home, talk to her teacher and explain she is dehydrated (use any old excuse, headaches, etc) and inside her lunchbox make a beautiful bright sign that says ‘Drink Up!’ in bright pen to help her remember, also explain she will play better, longer because she will be hydrated smile

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According to the report of Washington Post, public fountains are in crisis, and they are fading in the stadiums, parks, and even schools. Many parents are hesitant to enable their children to drink the water from the school water fountain nowadays, although, it is clear that the majority of the municipal waters in the United States are monitored by the government to make it safe and free of germs. The water that comes out of the taps of your homes, school fountains and fire hydrants are all the same.

This could be due to the fear passed by grandparents and parents to their children/ grandchildren. Some of the older generations experienced the issues of polio in the 1950s. Since then, Americans are afraid of the public drinking fountains, just as how they fear of the swimming pools and some of their fear actually made sense.

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