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Hydration For Children This Summer

The benefits of staying hydrated are numerous, as are the risks of not drinking enough water especially in the heat of the summer. On average, the body of an adult human being contains 60% water. Most of the water in the human body is contained inside our cells. In fact, our billions of cells must have water to live. All of our vital organs contain large amounts of water to function effectively. So it’s no surprise that drinking the right amount of water is VITALLY important.

Staying hydrated helps with your alertness, concentration and physical endurance as well it keeps fatigue, headaches and dry skin at bay. When we don’t get enough to drink, we risk becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can result in a range from mild symptoms, like headaches, to severe heat-related illnesses, such as cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Relative to adults, kids are often at greater risk of becoming dehydrated because they are less effective at perspiring and also because their bodies can produce more heat during exercise. Children also get so wrapped up in play that they often forget to drink.

Tips on Keeping Kids Hydrated this Summer

  1. Avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks such as soda, ice tea and fruit juices and get kids in the habit of drinking water. Sports drinks are fine during intense physical activity, but water can be just as good and with less sugar. Having water easily accessible, such as with a water cooler/dispenser, will make it easier for kids to choose water over other beverages.
  2. If your child attends a summer sports camp, be sure to send them off to camp each day with plenty of water in stainless steel, insulated bottles. Ask your child if he’s getting enough to drink during the day.
  3. Teach your child to drink before she feels thirsty. Coaches and parents should remind kids to drink prior to and during prolonged physical activity
  4. Include water-rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, grapes and cucumber into their daily diet.
  5. Add lemon, orange or cucumber slices to water for added flavour if children are requesting variety or craving juice.

Be a good role model. If your child sees you drinking water throughout the day, he’ll be more likely to follow your lead.

Be sure to stop into our store with your kids to try our pure, chemical free, thirst-quenching water. Let your children try our water and have them discover that water can actually taste good!