Smarter Mom: Keep Those Kids Watered!

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With record heat gripping most of the country, it's important to make sure your kids stay safe in the heat.  One of the biggest worries is dehydration...while healthy kids who eat and drink normally are unlikely to get seriously ill from it, even a little bit of minor dehydration can make these hot days even more unpleasant. Getting enough water helps your body regulate its temperature, and when you're sweating through your days you need to replenish that water more than usual.

Kids ages 4 to 8 need 1.3 liters of water a day...in other words, a little more than five cups. Older kids need a little more than two liters per day. That counts all sources of liquid, though, including from water-rich fruits and vegetables. Aim for a fruit and a veggie at every meal and snack and at least four cups a day and your child should stay well-hydrated.

It should be water they drink, too, not sugary juices, sports drinks, or soda. Naturally sweetened enhanced waters are OK in moderation (like Vitamin Water Zero or Sobe LifeWater). My kids like it if I add a splash of it to their regular water...it makes it taste good enough to go down easy. A squeeze of lemon or lime, or even a slice of cucumber is good too. And my daughter likes to eat ice, which both cools her down and gets water into her.

How do you keep your kids hydrated in the heat?


by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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alliesmom112
by Sandy on Jul. 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

my dd loves water and especially if you put some fresh fruit in it.

amy7243
by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

 Lots of popsicles.

Wish2Be
by Michelle on Jul. 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM
DS hates water but he loves propel zero so we give him that instead.
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Hottmomma607
by Trica on Jul. 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM
They drink lots of water! And we live in Washington state!
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lasombrs
by Sara on Jul. 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

my kids love apples. and watered down apple juice, and milk shakes, and pops, and watermelon and any other fruits really. Not to hard to keep them hydrated :)

RutterMama
by on Jul. 6, 2012 at 1:40 AM

I give them their water bottles with LOTS of ice & water.

mereinhart28
by Michelle on Jul. 6, 2012 at 6:43 AM

We eat lots of watermelon, grapes, apples, and freezer pops.

the kids drink water almost all day. 

daerca574
by Danya on Jul. 6, 2012 at 8:00 AM

 my kiddos are usually pretty good about drinking water and juice

elasmimi
by Ruby Member on Jul. 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM

We have a water cooler in the kitchen, so it is the easiest thing for her to get by herself. (she is all about doing it herself these days)

othermom
by Ruby Member on Jul. 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

They get drinks at every meal and can have water or propel any time. We also bring water with us to the park and every where we go

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