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Feeling Tired? Reach for some water!

Permalink 02/07/10 06:51, by Tikal, Categories: Health, Food, Drink and Eating , Tags: dehydration water, drinking, fluids, hot weather, hydrating food, sun

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Two thirds of our body is made up of water, so it seem logical that we need to drink enough fluids to keep that level topped up especially in the hot weather - this advice is particularly important for children too!  Everyone loses fluids throughout the day by sweating and urinating, so in hot weather it's critical that we don't dehydrate.

Watch out for symptoms and signs of any side effects of dehydration in your little ones throughout the day.  Thisis particularly important if they aren't able to talk as they won't be able to tell you how they are feeling,

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • a feeling of light-headeness
  • passing darker urine than normally
  • feeling thirsty

Side effects of dehydration:

  • headaches
  • feeling tired and light headed
  • feeling dry in the mouth and reducing the amount of saliva you produce
  • becoming more vulnerable to picking up coughs and colds (saliva is one of the body's main defenses against viruses)
  • physical fatigue
  • mental fatigue

Fun Drinks

Make sure that your little ones continue taking fluid throughout the day.  Here are some ideas to make drinking water a bit more fun so that they don't find drinking too much of a chore:-

  • Add coloured ice cubes (make them with food colouring or fruit juices) or a slice of lemon to their water
  • Give water a slight zing by Squeezing in some lemon or lime juice
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge to keep it icy cold
  • Keep a bottle of water with a 'sports top' with you when your out and about, your little ones will like the novelty of drinking from a bottle!

Hydrating Foods

You can also offer foods with high water content, here are some great hydrating foods for a hot day:-

  • Slices of water melon
  • Grapes (cut in half for little children)
  • Ice lollies (read this post for some fun ideas on how to make your own!)
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Red, orange and green pepper 'traffic light' sticks
  • Summer fruits, especially raspberries and strawberries
  • Tropical fruit slices: melon, pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya

Enjoy the sun with your children, but make sure you all stay hydrated!

 

 



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