When the weather is hot, it is relatively easy to encourage little ones to take in plenty of fluids with cold drinks, ice cream and lollies to keep them hydrated; but in the cooler weather, it's less obvious that your child may be getting dehydrated. Consuming water is so important, more so than eating food.
Water is vital for life.
How much to drink:
How to encourage them to drink:
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:
Side effects of dehydration:
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:-
You can also offer foods with high water content, here are some great hydrating foods for a hot day:-
Enjoy the sun with your children, but make sure you all stay hydrated!
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