How to keep your kids hydrated and healthy in the summer heat…

There’s nothing like the summer. Warm nights, beach days and that summer breeze. But it also can come with some downsides. And one major concern to be on the lookout for is dehydration caused by excessive heat.

Everyone is at risk of getting dehydrated during the hot season, but kids run at a higher risk because they engage in fun activities that cause them to sweat quickly. Additionally, little children cannot express themselves like a teenager or an adult would when they get thirsty.

In this post, I’ll be showing you practical ways to ensure your children are hydrated and healthy all through the hot and humid season.

How can I tell if my child is poorly hydrated?

Dehydration occurs when your child’s body loses water through certain conditions such as diarrhea/vomiting or sweating.

When your child requests water because of thirst, it indicates that your child is already mildly dehydrated. Look out for the following symptoms in your child(ren).

  • Dryness around the lips, mouth, and skin.
  • Poor sleep hygiene
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Exhaustion
  • Fewer diaper changes.

Ways to ensure your children are hydrated…

Add Water-rich foods to every plate

Looking for an exciting way to make your little one drink more water? Add fruits that are rich in water into their meals. Common water-rich fruits are watermelons, oranges, pineapples, berries, and melons. Ensure to alternate the fruits to keep their palates refreshed.

Introduce Electrolyte Fluids

Apart from cool, hydrating drinks this summer, add electrolyte fluids to your children’s hydration arsenal. Electrolyte fluids keep their bodies hydrated while replenishing them with electrolytes they may have lost while participating in adrenaline-fueled activities.

Alternate with Infused water

An alternative way to break away from a boring water-drinking routine is by giving your youngsters infused water. Infused water is super easy and quick to achieve. With any fruit of your choice (pineapples, apples, or grapes)  you can offer your kids naturally flavored water.

Refill their bottles 

An empty water bottle means that your child(ren) is running low on fluids.. To prevent dehydration, always refill the bottles as many times as possible.

Top up after every bathroom break 

After every “pee time,” it is advisable to ensure that your kids replenish the water that they may have passed out as urine.

Encourage them to take a sip before each meal

A remarkable way to make sure that your children stay hydrated around the clock is to ensure that they take a sip of water before they start any of their meals.


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