Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The link between hydration status and cognitive performance is quite well established in adults. However, relatively little data is available in children. Several groups have published evidence that additional consumption of water may improve cognitive performance, such as immediate memory and visual attention.
A high prevalence of dehydration (83%) has yet again been shown in the study by Parisi et al. Supplementation of water did result in a higher auditory number span.
Benton and his collaborators demonstrated that immediate memory function was improved when additional water was consumed.
Edmonds’ group has published two papers demonstrating the effect of additional water intake on improved visual attention and search.
Summaries and link to full text publications are available on the NNI site:
The effect of the consumption of water on the memory and attention of children
Does having a drink help you think? 6–7-Year-old children show improvements in cognitive performance from baseline to test after having a drink of water
Should children drink more water? The effects of drinking water on cognition in children
The relationship between hydration status and cognitive performance in school children