The influence of siblings on young children's understanding of fluid intake
Williamson, J. and Howells, K. 2020. The influence of siblings on young children's understanding of fluid intake . International Journal of Nutrition. 6 (3), pp. 13-20. https://doi.org/10.14302/issn.2379-7835.ijn-21-3709
|Authors||Williamson, J. and Howells, K.|
BACKGROUND: Children need to drink enough water (1.1-1.3 litres) throughout the day to stay hydrated and for health benefits1. Wellbeing and cognitive function benefits have been identified for children who are hydrated2. Yet there is a dearth of research focusing specifically on children’s perceptions of their own fluid intake levels and who helps support them in ensuring they are drinking enough water, this is a novel area to investigate. Previous research3 identified that 44.2% of young children’s fluid intake were influenced the strongest by a family member. This paper will explore in further detail the influence of siblings on children’s fluid intake, in particular older versus younger siblings.
CONCLUSION: It is concluded that siblings do have an influence on the consumption of water, as siblings act as role models and other siblings follow their habits, therefore the whole family unit is important to ensure that the right fluid intake is consumed. It is recommended that further education, curriculum and community development is needed to continue to support young children’s knowledge and understanding of fluid intake.
|Keywords||Fluid intake; Children; Siblings; School; Nutrition|
|Journal||International Journal of Nutrition|
|Journal citation||6 (3), pp. 13-20|
|Publisher||Open Access Pub|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.14302/issn.2379-7835.ijn-21-3709|
|Online||20 Feb 2021|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||11 Feb 2021|
|Deposited||06 Sep 2021|
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