Where is a lot of debate about whether it is necessary to eat first courses. People who can eat borscht once a week or even less often cite American cuisine or some other cuisine where there are no first courses at all. Others make it a tragedy when their grandchild refuses liquid dishes. And they argue even more about whether to drink food.
When to drink?
Some people think that after the second course, you should definitely drink tea (coffee, juice, etc.), otherwise the food is not digested.
Their antagonists claim that water should be consumed only separately from meals: at least half an hour before or an hour after.
As for the norm of fluid intake and the combination or separation of it with food, everything is so individual that everything is right: both. If you have a need to eat first, second, and drink compote, you are welcome.
If you are comfortable drinking by the hour, please do.
The main thing is to drink when you want to. The signal for fluid intake is thirst.
You drink enough fluids if you don’t feel thirsty, and your urine is light yellow in color (dark color indicates a lack of moisture in the body).
But this applies to healthy people. People in certain conditions and with certain diseases need more (for example, pregnant women, people with poisoning, etc.) or less drinking (in case of kidney disease, a tendency to edema).
In addition, children and the elderly do not recognize body signals of thirst well. Therefore, they should be reminded to drink.
Moisture loss is especially critical for children, as they move a lot and lose fluid quickly.
On average, infants (8 months and older) need 150 milliliters of water per kilogram of weight per day, preschoolers need 100 milliliters per kilogram, and adolescents need 50 milliliters per kilogram of weight.
Children who do not consume enough water have poorer memory, are prone to constipation, poor digestion, and unreasonable aggression. Therefore, they should be offered water frequently, and even better, you should set an example by drinking water frequently. Make sure your child has constant access to drinking water.