It’s hot out there, and it looks like this weather might stick around for a while. In these extreme temperatures, making sure your family stays well hydrated is critically important for everyone’s safety.
Even if your kids aren’t playing back-to-back Little League games, their bodies will lose increased amounts of fluid during regular activities just to stay cool. Our bodies need enough water to function properly. Not replacing the amount of water lost throughout the day can cause mild or even severe dehydration.
How can you tell if your child is becoming dehydrated? Most children will be able to tell you if they are thirsty, and can regulate the amount of water they need just by responding to thirst. Being a watchful parent will help in cases where a child cannot tell you that fluids are needed. In cases of dehydration, a child may become dizzy, lightheaded, tired, have a rapid heartbeat, and decreased or dark urine.
So what is your hot weather hydration plan? Nothing can beat a glass of water for children, and breast milk or formula is the best source for infants. Other beverages like milk, diluted juices, and seltzer are great options for kids. Fruit juice popsicles and sports drinks can also help hydrate, but most contain added sugar and should not be used as a primary source of hydration. Surprisingly, many foods can be an excellent source of hydration, and may prevent you from chasing your kids around with a water bottle all day.