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The Best Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated This Summer
Author : Carolyn Eagle, Senior Editor, Health Media Today Category : Health and Wellness
When you’re spending long days out in the sun there’s more to remember than just the sunscreen to keep your kids healthy. Because of their smaller body size, children are more prone to dehydration than adults and when they’re out running around, swimming, biking, and enjoying the summer weather, it’s easy to forget to stop and hydrate regularly.
Dehydration can strike before you experience a feeling of thirst, so keep these tips in mind to keep the whole family happy and healthy this summer:
Have a healthy drink with every meal
This gets kids in the habit of hydrating regularly and offers them that extra boost between rounds of play.
Take hydration breaks regularly
When it’s really hot out, that should mean about every 20 minutes in a shady location.
Save the sports drinks for active play and athletics
Flavoured sports drinks are great to get kids to drink more but they are full of carbohydrates and calories that they may not need unless they are being very active on a very hot day. Their purpose is to replace electrolytes that are lost during sweating so using them for every day hydration isn’t your best option.
Make water fun
If your kids are resistant to plain old water, there are all kinds of ways to infuse flavour into water without adding excessive calories. Infusing lemon, berries, or herbs into water is a natural way to add flavor. There are a number of sugar free drink mixes on the market now too which allow you to control how much flavour and colour you are adding to each serving.
Cool down with popsicles
Whether store bought or homemade, most kids won’t refuse a popsicle. Not only do they help offer some much needed hydration due to their high water content, they get active kids to slow down and cool off while they enjoy their treat.
Fruit and veggies are hydrating snacks
High water content fruit such as watermelon, strawberries, peaches, cucumber, celery, or tomatoes make a great, healthy snack and help with hydration as well.
Cute cups and fancy straws
Sometimes it’s difficult to slow down the younger ones long enough to take a drink but if you let them choose a water bottle they truly love, they will be more likely to use it. Some silly straws from the dollar store or even just coloured bendy straws can get them drinking more too.