Kids are more active during the warmer months, making it all the more important for parents to ensure their children are hydrated.
Our bodies lose water when we sweat, breathe and urinate, but children don’t always know when to replace this lost liquid – especially when they’re busy playing.
“Dehydration can happen even if we don’t feel sweaty or hot, and children may not be used to the usual signs of dehydration, so it’s important to give them easy access to water," said Alexander Craig for CamelBak.
How to tell if your child is dehydrated
Luckily, there are some common symptoms associated with dehydration. These include headaches, cracked lips, dry mouth, dark urine, lethargy and thirst. However, experts say waiting until your child tells you they are thirsty means they’re already dehydrated.
How much water should my child drink?
How much water your child needs to drink will vary depending on their activities for the day. The New South Wales Government website, Healthy Kids, recommends 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8-year-olds and 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to 12-year-olds. However, if playing sports or other physical activities, they'll need some extra fluids.
Tips to keep kids hydrated
Let them choose
This is as simple as letting children pick their own cup or invest in a reusable water bottle. CamelBak’s new Eddy Kids design range are perfect to keep filled and chilled in the fridge, so you can grab them before heading out for the day. Check with your local children’s retailer if they stock CamelBak!
Think outside the box
It doesn’t have to be water. Fruits and vegetables contain water that helps keep kids hydrated. Keep summer fruits such as watermelon, oranges and pineapple handy for kids to snack on throughout the day.
Make water fun
If kids aren’t excited by the thought of drinking plain water, add some flavour or colour. Infuse water with fresh herbs and fruits, or freeze berries into ice cubes.