We’re in the thick of the dog days of summer, and as the temperature continues to swelter, don’t forget to start thinking about how to help keep your kids hydrated. Sounds easy, right? You might be surprised. According to the American Journal of Public Health,* 1 in 2 kids is under hydrated.
The American Journal of Public Health notes that adequate hydration is essential for health and even mild dehydration can lead to headaches, irritability, poor physical performance and reduced cognitive function among both children and adults.
“Keeping your kids hydrated throughout a busy day is not always easy,” noted Dr. Douglas J. Casa, hydration researcher for more than 25 years and CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University of Connecticut.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few ways you can help keep kids hydrated and happy:
Do a “pee check”: Not
sure if your kid is properly hydrated? A quick look at the colour of
their urine can help determine if they may need to hydrate. If their pee
is dark yellow, Dr. Casa recommends reaching for a hydrating beverage
that will help replenish the body. A pale yellow urine colour indicates
proper hydration (good job!).
Keep hydrating beverages at the ready: With at-home and on-the-go schedules looking a little different now, you may forget to keep drinks on hand throughout the day. Always stock hydrating, kid-approved beverages in your car, picnic cooler and fridge to ensure that a tasty hydration option is available.
Serve a better-for-you option: Instead of reaching for fruit juice or other sugar-laden beverages, try serving a plant-powered drink with all-natural ingredients. For example, Dr. Casa suggests one great option for hydrating kids is coconut water beverage.
Make snack time synonymous with hydration time:
Use everyday moments as a reminder to hydrate! For example, pairing a
hydrating drink with mid-morning or afternoon snack time may help create
a daily habit and help get kids closer to their recommended daily fluid
intake that satisfies thirst and maintains a pale urine colour.
Make small – but smart – changes for a big, hydrating impact! -BPT