School’s out for summer! With warm summer days and cool summer nights on the horizon, kids are out playing sports, attending summer camps and enjoying the sun. With all that sunshine and activity though, comes the risk of dehydration.
Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. Children are much more prone to dehydration (especially in the summer) because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently as adults. The symptoms of dehydration include headache, fatigue, decreased urine output, dizziness, nausea and dark yellow urine.
Preventing dehydration is easy and important, as severe dehydration can lead to death. Some tips and tricks to keep in mind for your kids:
- Drink early, before they are thirsty
- Five ounces of water (for an 88-pound child) f¬or every 20 minutes of activity; drink more if it’s especially hot or humid
- Avoid ice cold beverages, as its more difficult to drink greater quantities
- Water is best, as many other beverages have added sugar and calories
- Fruits, vegetables and low-sugar popsicles can assist in providing necessary water intake
- Avoid caffeine, including soda and iced tea
Summer is the time for kids to enjoy time off from school and have some fun. Don’t let dehydration get in the way! Keep providing your children with the necessary amount of water to keep them safe, happy and healthy.