Hydration Tips and Tricks For Kids
July 1, 2021
Summer is here and the weather is heating up! Check out this article by TEL HI’s favorite local food vendor Cheafables on why it is so important to keep your little ones hydrated!
HYDRATING FOR HEALTH
By: Jessica Gust, MS, RDN
Water is a basic and essential nutrient for your child, and it should be accessible to them throughout their day as much as possible. As a general rule, children 4-8 years of age should be drinking about 5 cups of water each day.
Offering water to your child often will encourage them and serve as a reminder that it is time to drink. Children do not always recognize that they are thirsty in the same way that adults do, so regular water breaks can go a long way.
Water serves many important functions in your child’s body:
Constipation is often related to dehydration in the colon. When you are well hydrated, water will not be drawn from the colon, and the movement of food waste through the intestinal tract is much easier.
Water is necessary for almost every function our bodies perform in a day. From regulating our body temperature to digesting our food. Without sufficient water, these functions are more difficult.
Perhaps one of the most obvious goals of encouraging water intake is the prevention of dehydration. Dehydration is the harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body. Signs that your child may be dehydrated include headaches, dry mouth, cracked lips, poor concentration, thirst, dark urine, constipation, and lethargy.