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Whether your child is playing or sitting at the beach, heat exposure does a toll on their bodies and puts them at risk for dehydration. Children are more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don’t cool as efficiently. The danger comes when fluid is not being replaced from sweat that is being lost.
Be on the lookout for the first symptoms of dehydration:
- Dry lips and tongue
- Dark urine color
- Decrease in urination
- Feeling overheated
Dehydration is cumulative. So, if your child did not drink enough fluid one day, he or she will be already be dehydrated the next. This could lead to serious heat-related illness and cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, vomiting, weakness, and muscle pain.
The first line of defense is to drink plenty of fluids to prevent any of the symptoms listed above. Properly re-hydrating can easily reverse the effects of dehydration.
Water is the #1 choice. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children drink an average of six glasses of water daily. More may be necessary when outside in the heat. Keep your child hydrated by having them take breaks for water every 20 minutes when outside.
Getting our children to drink only water can be a challenge, since most children prefer a beverage that is flavored. Some beverages that should be avoided are those containing caffeine, such as soda, as they can contribute to dehydration. High-sugar beverages, including soda and fruit juices, are also not recommended and should be used as last resort to hydration. Here are some healthy ideas to keep your kids hydrated that they won’t resist!
- Naturally flavor a pitcher of water with any assortment of fruit. Try berries, pineapple, oranges, or cucumbers.
- Offer low-fat/non-fat milk at meal times.
- Dilute 100% fruit juice with water or add a splash of juice to seltzer water.
- Make (or buy) popsicles made with real fruit or 100% fruit juice.
- Offer fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack. Most have high water content. Some of these include watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, apples, and celery.
Mixing in some of these ideas, along with plenty of water, will sure to keep your child hydrated and prepared for all of summer’s adventures.
From the uwhealthkids.org website:
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