Ways To Keep Kids Hydrated
Getting kids to drink water.
Drinking water has many health benefits. Water helps to flush toxins from your body and prevent dehydration. Dehydration can cause headaches, tiredness and lack of focus. These symptoms make it harder for them to perform their best.
Getting kids to drink water can be hard, but here are a few tips you can use to help them meet their daily needs:
Don't wait for your kids to tell you they're thirsty before offering them water, experts say. Instead, offer them water and other hydrating foods and beverages throughout the day, particularly in the summer when more liquids are needed to stay healthy.
Encourage your child to drink water in the morning and regularly during the day, especially at mealtime. Many fruits and vegetables contain water, so include them as a regular part of their diet.
Set the example! Let your child see you drink water so they are encouraged to do the same. Keep in mind the amount of water your child needs depends on age, weight, gender and whether or not they play sports.
Talk to his or her doctor to determine how much water your child should drink every day. “I use a rule of thumb of 2 to 3 ounces per day per pound of body weight, to a maximum of 8 to 10 cups per day,” said Dr. Karl W. Holtzer, a pediatrician with the Pediatric Alliance Fox Chapel Division in Pittsburgh. In email to Reuters Health, he noted that water is not needed for infants under 6 months of age, and babies under 1 year can stay hydrated with breast milk or formula.
Parents can ensure that their kids get their recommended intake of fluids with these seven tips: