Healthy Peterborough

Drink Plenty


Drinking plenty of fluid helps stop us getting dehydrated. Encouraging children to drink enough is important as they may not remember by themselves. Guiding children with what to drink is also important for their health.

Children and adults should aim to drink between 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. They may need to drink more on some days, if the weather is warmer or they are more physically active for example.

The best drinks for children are water and milk. The Eatwell Guide recommends what to eat and drink for a healthy, balanced diet.

Water - is a good choice. Plain water contains no calories and is not harmful to teeth.

Lower fat plain milk –is a good source of calcium, important for healthy bones. From the age of two, most children can start to move to semi-skimmed milk.

Fruit and vegetable juices and/or smoothies - provide vitamins and minerals and count as one of your 5-a-day. They do contain sugars though so limit to no more than 150ml a day and have with a meal to protect teeth.

Diet, sugar-free and no added sugar drinks these are a healthier swap from full sugar drinks. As they still taste sweet consider limiting these so children do not develop a taste for sweet drinks.

Children are having nearly three times more sugar than the recommended daily amount! One of the main sources of sugar in the diet of 
children under 18 is sugary drinks and fruit juices

Children do not need sugary drinks as part of their everyday consumption. Sugary drinks provide energy which can add calories to our diet. Having these drinks regularly can contribute too many calories and lead to weight gain and obesity. Having high sugar drinks too often can also increase the risk of tooth decay.

Fizzy drinks, squashes and juice drinks can be high in sugar and may be acidic which erodes the outer surface of teeth. Flavoured water can be high in sugar, as can sport and energy drinks. Some of these types of drinks may contain caffeine, which is not recommended for children.

Avoid giving sugary drinks in between meals, to help protect children’s teeth. If children do consume these drinks try to keep them to mealtimes.

Limit fruit juice and/or smoothies to no more than 150ml per day.

Keep milk drinks with added sugar as occasional treats, including milkshakes, hot chocolate, malt drinks or condensed milk.

It is advised not to give children drinks containing caffeine, such as tea, coffee and some soft drinks. Look for decaffeinated varieties instead.

For more ideas on keeping children hydrated visit Change4Life

Download the Change4Life Be Food Smart app and scan foods and drinks to reveal their sugar, fat and salt content.




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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust