Keeping Kids Hydrated in Spring & Summer
With summer just around the bend it is important to consider dietary needs, which includes your children's! While eating healthy is a year-round goal, it often gets pushed up the priority list as summer comes around. The extra daylight makes eating and drinking healthier seem easier for some reason. Along with that extra daylight often comes more time in the sun, which can lead to dehydration if someone, particularly a child, is not drinking enough water. To ensure the health of your child here's a few ideas to help enhance hydration.
Develop Water Drinking Habits
The most effective way to keep your child hydrated is to ensure they are getting enough water. While not every kid will run in the house begging for a glass of water, you can still get them in the habit of drinking water on a regular basis. Try out these habit-inducing plans.
- Drink a glass of water with every meal and snack
- Drink a glass of water before they play
- Take a drink of water after each use of the bathroom
- Take a drink of water each time they come inside from playing
Choosing the Right Drink
While water may not be any kid's (or many adult's) first choice, it is imperative to drink it regularly. If you're child is simply refusing to down some water but you know they're in need of some hydration, pass up all the sports drinks and other processed beverages and grab some 100 percent, no sugar added juice. Go half and half with a glass of water and they'll get the taste they crave and the hydration they need.
Signs of Dehydration
It's always a good idea to stay on the lookout for signs of dehydration when out and about with the kids. A few of the most common include:
- Dry lips and/or a dry mouth
- Cold or dry skin
- Low energy levels
- Decrease in urine output or dark colored urine
- No tear production while crying.
If you suspect dehydration contact your pediatrician right away.
It's important that your child maintains healthy eating and drinking habits all day, which is something we truly recognize at Country Day Care & Magnolia Ridge Child Development Centers. Our Richmond and Glen Allen daycare professionals take health extremely serious, which is why we're first aid and MAT certified. We want what's best for your child! To learn more about our Glen Allen and Richmond daycare centers give us a call at the location nearest you!
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