Summer is here, and that means your kiddos are going to be looking for something to do! There are countless sports and activities that they’ll be enjoying while in the heat – whether it’s basketball, baseball, swimming, or just running around with friends, you’ll want to make sure that every child stays hydrated. Kids are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently. For this record setting summer, staying hydrated should be your number one goal.
Follow these tips to make sure that everyone stays safe over the summer!
1) Be aware & prepared
The best way to address dehydration is to avoid it altogether. Kids, especially those under the age of five, can have trouble recognizing when they’re getting tired and thirsty. Playtime can be distracting! If your child seems irritable or low on energy, this can be a sign that he or she is getting dehydrated. Encourage kids to drink water several times an hour. Packing water to bring on trips will also help you remember!
2) Make it fun
Sometimes kids can be picky and get bored with water. There are lots of things you can do to help! Try freezing juice in ice trays and adding it to water – this will give it both flavor and color.
There are also lots of fruits and vegetables you can offer as an alternative. Watermelon, celery, and cucumber are all great sources of water.
3) Make it delicious
There’s one summer staple that no kid will ever refuse – popsicles! It’s not an ideal source of hydration, but popsicles can be a great way to make sure that your child is receiving some source of water. To make it a healthier option, try making your own popsicles. Puree your kid’s favorite berries or use a “no sugar added” fruit juice and pour it into freezer molds.
4) Use reusable bottles
It’s great for you, your children, and the environment. Invest in a fun, reusable bottle that features a popular cartoon character or superhero. Not only will it save you money in the long run, but it will also make your kid more excited to use their own personal “toy”!
5) Avoid sugary drinks
They might be more appealing, but try to avoid sugary drinks (especially those with caffeine). Caffeinated drinks like iced teas and many sodas are fluids, but are also diuretics – this means that they actually contribute to the dehydration process. Other sugary flavored drinks are unhealthy for many reasons and should be used to rehydrate. On that note, experts recommend that sports drinks should only be consumed during prolonged, vigorous exercise.
We hope these tips help keep you and your family safe during a summer of fun and adventure!