Proper Hydration for Kids
Proper Hydration for Children
Proper hydration is a high priority for everyone. Those affected most by in proper hydration are the elderly and the young. Children engaging in strenuous physical activity on hot humid days are most at risk for heat related illness.
How hydrated your child is before heading outdoors is just as important as how well hydrated he is during exercise, playing or sport games. Children need to drink (water)half of their body weight in ounces daily. Let water be your first choice when keeping your child hydrated. Another good choice is Coconut water. Coconut water contains minerals. These minerals are Sodium, Potassium and Chloride. These minerals enable the body to absorb water and keep the water in the cells longer than just plain water. Water does not contain these minerals. Coconut Water will quench your thirst quicker. You will also drink less Coconut Water because of the hydrating affect.. When exercising we lose these minerals through our sweat. Heat or humidity will exacerbate sweat and the risk of dehydration partly do to the loss of these minerals. Be mindful of sport drinks with their bright enticing colors. Children love bright colors and are drawn to them because of that and the sugar. The sugar in Coconut Water is natural and will help keep the child’s Glycogen stores up. Many of these Sport drinks are loaded with sugar, artificial sugar, artificial flavors and dyes.
Children need 3-6 ounces of of water every 10-15 minutes while engaging in sport related activities in the heat. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, headache, fatigue, un coordination, and cramping. These symptoms can impact the well being of the child severely if they are playing a game (soccer, football, basketball, cheerleading, etc.)
Remember to always drink plenty of fluids after exercise too. We want to replenish what we lost while we were active and exercised.
Remember that two-thirds of your body is made up of water. We can also live with out food for a month but live no longer than 6-7 days without water.
Water keeps your body’s temperature stable, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues and removes wastes. Being properly hydrated helps our body function. By the time your thirsty, your already dehydrated.
Drink, drink drink.