As the heat fast approaches, it’s important to make sure your kids are staying hydrated. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children drink six glasses of water a day.
Tips for keeping your kids hydrated, especially during the summer months:
- Don’t wait for them to ask for water or say they’re thirsty. Offer them water throughout the day and especially during outdoor activities.
- Fill larger water containers for kids so they have access to a good of amount of water.
- Make drinking fun with crazy straws.
- If your child doesn’t want “boring” plain water, offer Gatorade or a flavored water enhancer.
- Try not to offer drinks with caffeine, as they are not as hydrating or can even promote dehydration
There are more ways to stay hydrated than just drinking water. Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content. Watermelon, strawberries, broccoli, celery, cucumbers and other watery fruits and veggies are great for summer snacks. Popsicles are also a great way to get more water in your child’s system. Fruit juice, in moderation, is also a good way to promote fluid intake.
Be sure to pack lots of fluids for your children with their lunch on hot days at school and especially when they’re participating in outdoor sports. The best way to keep them hydrated is to have plenty of fluids available, remind them to hydrate and offer them throughout the day when you’re with them.