Drink a Lotta Water: 7 Tips to Prevent Dehydration
July 6, 2012
When warmer weather hits,
many kids want to be outside. On hot summer days, children on
the go are especially susceptible to getting dehydrated.
To help prevent dehydration and its potentially serious
effects, it's important to send kids outdoors with enough water
to drink to avoid becoming hydrated.
Here are seven tips to keep your children hydrated and
enjoying their summer. Set a good example and follow them,
- Give water often. If your child is active
outside, provide a cool drink of water every 20 minutes or
so. Give kids their own water bottles so they can drink
- Don't wait until your child wants a drink. By
the time kids realize they are thirsty, they are already
dehydrated. Regular sips of water will replenish lost
fluids and help keep temperatures in check.
- Cut out soda. It has no nutritional value and
adds unnecessary calories. Plus, sugary soft drinks do not
combat thirst. Water is always the best option.
- Sweeten water naturally. Give water a flavorful
twist by adding a few berries or a squeeze of orange or
- Serve juicy snacks. Fruits such as watermelon
and oranges have a high concentration of water and are very
good for your children during summer months. So are
water-heavy veggies including cucumbers and bell peppers.
Make it fun â€" create caterpillars from grapes and sliced
chunks of fruit or provide healthy dips to dunk those
- Limit strenuous activity during the hottest part of
the day. Whenever possible, try to keep your children
from engaging in strenuous outdoor sports activities
between noon and 6 p.m. If they must participate, make sure
they take breaks and get enough water to drink.
- Know the signs. Two early signs of dehydration
are irritability and fatigue. If your child is tired or
crabby, it's time to get out of the heat and take a water
break. If your child appears weak, has a headache or nausea
or begins to vomit, give him a bath in cool water (not
cold), and call your medical provider for further
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