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By the time your child starts school they should be having drinks from an ordinary glass or cup. Schools are very aware of the importance of keeping hydrated. About 80% of your child’s brain is made up of water and so drinking enough is important for concentration and learning ability.

Water is one of the best ways to keep hydrated. Sugary drinks should be an occasional treat. Your child’s school will have rules about what drinks can be brought to school.

Your child should drink about 5 (200 ml) glasses of water a day. Make sure they take along a named water bottle to school. They will be able to refill it there.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. 


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