Making sure your kids get plenty of liquids is so important. Liquids are essential to stay healthy and active particularly in hot weather. It is recommends that children drink six glasses of water on an average day. Good hydration habits can make all the difference.
Children are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently, and they are at an even higher risk when in heat. Danger arises when fluids are leaving the body through sweating faster than they are being replaced, and severe dehydration can be life-threatening. Taking a few simple precautions will help protect your children and allow them to enjoy in safely.
Perhaps the best way to keep your child hydrated is to get her used to drinking liquids regularly. Offer healthy beverages at every meal and with snacks. Don’t wait until your child is thirsty to offer refreshment; by that time he is already dehydrated.
A little precaution can make the difference between a fun day out in the sun, or a heat stroke. Remember that during activities your child can lose up to a half-liter of fluid per hour. So get your child in the habit of drinking by scheduling frequent beverage breaks during activity, about every 20 minutes or so in hot weather.
If possible, also take all hydration breaks in a shady spot. The suggested amount is about 5 ounces (or two kid-size gulps) of water or a sports drink every 20 minutes for an 88-pound child. Kids and teens weighing about 132 pounds should drink 9 ounces.
Remember to keep yourself hydrated too. Your example could make all the difference in your child’s life.