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Drinking lots of water keeps bowels and bladders healthy

Drinking water is important for good bowel and bladder health, and for tackling daytime wetting, nighttime wetting and poo problems like constipation, but it can be hard to get kids to drink enough. They should consume 6-8 glasses of water or water-based fluid every day, but how can you get them to ingest that much?

We asked our Facebook followers what methods they you use to help ensure their children stay hydrated. These are their tried and tested top tricks.

1. Make ice lollies using well diluted squash. Don’t add sugar and avoid using blackcurrant squash which can irritate the bladder.

2. Draw lines on drinks bottles. This gives kids a visual goal of how much they should drink at different times of the day, which helps when they’re at school and it’s hard to keep track of how much they’re drinking.

3. Jazz up their water with ice cubes, umbrellas and slices of fruit.

4. Buy or customise your own funky straws.

5. Let them choose their cup and fill it themselves.

6. Talk to their teacher about encouraging pupils to drink during the day. Their teacher could keep a bottle of water on their own desk and sip from it during the day, or have a ‘carpet time session’ where they explain why water is good for health.

What tricks do you use to get your kids to drink more water? Leave us a comment below.

This video explains why fluid intake is so important: