Dehydration

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Did you know that dehydration is one of the top reasons for admission to the hospital? This summer as the temperatures soar, it is crucial to keep your kids hydrated because little bodies do not always recognize that they are thirsty and sweating out precious fluids!

I have some great ways for you to keep your kids hydrated this summer and help them develop good hydration habits for a lifetime. I want to share these signs of dehydration with you so that you will recognize the signs should they appear.

  • dry or sticky mouth
  • few or no tears when crying
  • eyes that look sunken into the head
  • soft spot (fontanelle) on top of baby’s head that looks sunken
  • lack of urine or wet diapers for 6 to 8 hours in an infant (or only a very small amount of dark yellow urine)
  • lack of urine for 12 hours in an older child (or only a very small amount of dark yellow urine)
  • dry, cool skin
  • lethargy or irritability
  • fatigue or dizziness in an older child

The obvious way to keep your kids hydrated is by giving them water at regular intervals. That doesn’t always work because kids are kids, and believe it or not, a number of children and adults simply do not like to drink water.

To make water a little easier to swallow for a child that doesn’t like water is to dilute fruit juice with water. Try 1/2 juice to 1/2 water at first, slowly decreasing the juice and increasing the water.

Another way to get kids to consume more water is to make ice cubes of fruit juice to add to a glass of water. They will like the color and the added flavor!

Try slicing fruit and adding to a pitcher of water. Oranges, lemons are a great option!

Making Freezer Pops at home with fruit juice and water is a great way to keep the kids cool and hydrated!

I hope these tips help you to keep your kids healthy and hydrated all summer long! Do you have any tips to share?

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