A new study suggests that US children need to drink more water.

US Children Need to Drink More WaterThe lack of hydration poses serious health risks for children, say the authors of the study which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

The findings “highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past,” study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a Harvard news release.

“Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth,” she added.

Experts in child health agree.

“Children can be more susceptible to dehydration than adults,” said Nancy Copperman, Director of  Public Health Initiatives at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y.

That, “coupled with an already impaired hydration status, can have physiological problems such as [neurological] issues, increased demands on their kidneys and heat stroke,” she explained.

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