Importance of Staying Hydrated this Summer

Importance of Staying Hydrated this Summer

by Anonymous

To enable our children to get the most out of every day, staying hydrated is therefore very important. Children are particularly at risk of becoming dehydrated because a child’s body is less effective at perspiring and produces more heat during physical exertion.

 How do you know if your child is hydrated?

Frequent bathroom breaks or wet nappies are the easiest way to tell if your child is hydrated. You can also look out for these common symptoms of dehydration:

  • Headaches

  • Poor concentration

  • Thirst

  • Cracked lips

  • Dry mouth

  • Constipation

  • Lethargy

  • Dark urine

How much water does your child need?

The amount your child needs will vary depending on their age, size, and level of activity. For children under 8 years of age, at least 4-6 glasses of water is recommended. For children older than 8 years of age a minimum of 6-8 glasses is recommended.

If your child is playing sports or is very active they will need extra fluid, they might need some more drinking water.

Kids will also need more fluid on hot days or when unwell.

         NFK Tips to help your kids stay hydrated!

  • Pack a water bottle for school and when you go out. Try a frozen water bottle in summer.

  • Encourage your child to drink water before, after and during physical activity

  • Always offer water with meals and snacks

  • Encourage your child to drink water, even if they don’t like it!

    NFK Tips for kids who don’t like water

    • Try adding slices of fruits such as lemon or orange to water, for variety and flavour.

    • Let your kids choose their own drink bottle or serve water in colourful glasses or jugs.

    • Be a role model! Make a point of drinking water with your kids.

    • Experiment with temperature; try having a jug of water in the fridge, adding ice-cubes, or even warm water in winter.

    Water is the best choice to keep your kids hydrated throughout the day.

    Water contains no extra energy and can quench your thirst.

    Other fluids such as milk, juice and sweetened drinks can also contribute to your child’s fluid intake BUT WATER THE MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE.