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Kids, drink up!

Summertime is great for outside fun, but our kids are among those who are most susceptible to heat-related deaths and illnesses. Here are some simple tricks to make sure your kids are staying hydrated while they’re outside soaking up the summer fun.

When our kids are in the pool more than they’re out of it during the summer months, it can be tricky to make sure that they’re getting enough liquid inside their busy little bodies.

But how much should they be drinking in the course of a day and how can you coerce them into drinking what they need?

How much

Although there’s no set amount of water that’s recommended for children, it’s important to provide them with enough water throughout the day and not just when they say that they’re thirsty.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, “Before prolonged physical activity, children should be well-hydrated and should not feel thirsty. For the first hour of exercise, water alone can be used… Excessively hot and humid environments, more prolonged and strenuous exercise and copious sweating should be reasons for children to substantially increase their fluid intake.”

Dizziness and nausea are two common signs of overheating and decreased urination and a dry mouth are first signs of mild dehydration.

The best plan of attack is to prevent dehydration before it even occurs. Here are some simple ideas for staving off dehydration this summer:

Make it tasty

In all honesty, water can be pretty boring. If your kids balk at the idea of drinking plain water, try taking it up a notch by infusing it with fresh, juicy fruits like lemons, limes, strawberries, peaches, cherries or pineapple. They’ll still get the water that they need, but it will have a bit more of a flavorful kick.

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Make it fun

Take your kids shopping and let them choose their own special water bottle, which may just make them more apt to keep it handy throughout the summer. Pottery Barn Kids carries a great selection of fun Klean Kanteen bottles that kids love. You can also find fun choices from CamelBak that your kids will love drinking from.

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Make it healthy

If you still can’t get your kids to drink enough water, instead of resorting to soda, which can actually dehydrate their little bodies, provide them with watery foods like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapefruit and grapes. Though water is best, juicy fruits are a vast improvement over sugary sodas. Try making a one-for-one deal — for every bottle of water they drink, they can have a big bowl of fruit salad.

Whether plain or flavored, plenty of fresh water will help keep your kids hydrated and ready for fun all summer long.

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