In the heat, your child will most likely sweat more and feel like eating less. To compensate for fluids lost due to perspiration, be sure that your child increases his or her fluid intake. To maintain their overall health, it is very essential to keep the children properly hydrated. Whenever possible, allow time for your child to cool off after coming inside from a hot day before offering food, since the heat can stifle their appetite. Children need water to balance their intake off other beverages, especially during activities.
Here are few tips to keep the children hydrated:
- Don't wait till you are thirsty.
- Encourage your children to drink approximately 8 glasses of water a day to remain hydrated.
- Active children lose 2 or more quarts daily so their bodies need to be continuously replenished.
- Get your kids in the habit of carrying a bottle of clean filtered, chilled water in their bag.
- Have your child take water breaks every 15-20 minutes while playing outdoors or participating in a sport.
- Whenever you go on picnics, don't forget to carry water cooler. > Give your child a variety of summer squashes, fruit juices, milk shakes, fruit shakes.
- Don't substitute soda or juice as a proper beverage to prevent dehydration, because most sodas contain sugar and caffeine, which may speed up dehydration.
- Don't drink untreated, unclean water, because it contains harmful contaminants.
So kids, drink plenty of water and keep your system hydrated!!
Have a great summer!!!