How To Keep Your Child Hydrated

April 14, 2022

By Mekhala Joshi

Drink plenty of water

Our body is made up of 60 per cent water. Since summer heat dehydrates the body, children need to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.

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Infuse flavour

Changing the taste of water by infusing it with fruits such as oranges, lemons, or pineapples will make it your child’s first choice of beverage.

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Avoid sugary drinks

Though they quench your thirst for some time, sugary drinks make dehydration worse in the long run as they do not replenish any of the lost fluids due to heat.

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Eat fruits

Watermelon, musk melon, tender coconut and lychee are popular summer fruits with high water content that ensure your child stays hydrated and gets essential nutrients too.

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Sip on smoothies

A refreshing smoothie is a perfect way to include some much-needed fruits and veggies in your child’s diet on a scorching hot day, while also replenishing the water loss in their body.

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Curd, buttermilk, or lassi to the rescue

These traditional drinks, or even simple curd, will do wonders for your child during summer by balancing lost fluids and electrolytes, while cooling their body too.

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Carry a water bottle

Encourage your child to carry a water bottle with them everywhere they go, giving them easy access to clean water. It will also serve as a reminder to drink more water.

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Take hydration breaks

Mandating a water break every hour or so will ensure that your child stays hydrated. Schedule these breaks by setting alarms and leading by example.

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