Hydration Facts for a Safe Summer!
Now that the temperatures are rising our little ones tend to lose more water in their body’s from sweat, urinating, and even believe it or not breathing. It is very important to replenish this extra loss of water so that children do not become dehydrated.
Knowing the signs of dehydration and how to prevent it will prepare your family for a safe summer!
How to spot dehydration:
- Poor concentration
- Lips are cracked
- Mouth is dry
- Tired and loss of energy
- Dark urine
Now that we know what signs to look for, how do we prevent it from happening? The recommendation for children under 8 years old is to have 4-6 glasses of water a day and extra depending on how hot it is and the activity choice.
It is not always easy to get children to drink water so one way to encourage more water drinking is to have a nice cold-water bottle for your child to drink out of that they have access to throughout the day. Try having your child pick out their own water bottle so that they get excited about it and have that ownership. It’s a good idea to monitor the water bottle throughout the day ensuring consumption, replenishing it when needed, and keeping it cold.
Children often do not want to drink water because they would prefer juice, milk, or soda especially if that is what they are used to consuming. If you start making water more available and juice and soda less available you will see a change.
Summertime is also a great time to offer fresh fruit such as watermelon, fresh orange slices, pineapple, peaches etc. to help replenish their systems in a healthy way!
Bright & Early Blogger
Healthy Kids Association. Children & Hydration. https://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/children-hydration/